Young people from across Greater Manchester shared their views on local policing with the Police and Crime Commissioner earlier this month.
Tony Lloyd met with 15 12 to 18-year-olds from Reclaim on Wednesday 18 September to find out their concerns and opinions about policing in their area, and talk about how to improve the relationship between the police and the younger generation.
The young people, who live across Greater Manchester including Salford, Gorton and Stockport, quizzed the Commissioner on his role and had a lively discussion on issues ranging from stop and search, lack of police visibility where they live and how they can get more involved with the police and their communities.
Tony said: “This was a lively session and it was really valuable to hear what they had to say. There is a gulf between young people and the police and we need to close that gap, so they have confidence in the police and feel they are there for them not against them. Events like this and encouraging young people to get involved in schemes such as the cadets, can help build relationships and show that they are very much part of the solution so we can work with them to build better, safer communities.”
Billy from Salford, aged 13, said: “It was a great opportunity and was interesting.”
To find out more about Reclaim visit their website.