Youth group praised by Sussex PCC

Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. Taken at County Hall, Lewes. 11/10/13 SUS-140704-144243001
Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. Taken at County Hall, Lewes. 11/10/13 SUS-140704-144243001

SUSSEX Police’s watchdog said she was ‘incredibly proud’ of youngsters helping to engage with their communities.

Katy Bourne was responding to a report from the Sussex Youth Commission which recorded the views and opinions of more than 2,000 young people across the county on policing and crime.

The group has made recommendations relating to reducing offending and re-offending, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and sexual assault, bullying and cyber bullying and the relationship between the police and young people.

“I’m incredibly proud of all my Sussex Youth Commission members for reaching out across the county into communities that are not always easy for the police to engage with,” said Mrs Bourne.

“As one of the first PCCs to set up a youth commission I believe that I’m enabling young people to become part of the solution to tackling crime in their area, rather than being seen as part of the problem.”

She said the pilot project showed ‘the value of trusting and investing in young people’.