Salford youngsters quiz the Commissioner

Young People's Council and Tony Lloyd

Salford’s young people grilled Tony on police and crime issues on Tuesday (5 March) evening.

Ten members of Salford’s Young People’s Council quizzed the Commissioner on a range of issues, ranging from stop and search and what the police are doing to tackle vandalism across the city to why police aren’t routinely armed.

Tony was also joined by Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart and Eileen Buchan, Head of Salford Council’s youth service at the meeting at Salford Civic Centre.

Tony said: “This is an inspirational group of young men and women and it was really valuable to hear what they had to say. It’s easy to write young people off but meetings like this show that they are very much part of the solution. They are our future and the decisions we make now will inevitably have an impact on them in the long-term. That’s why we need to listen to their views, and empower all our young people to get involved in decision-making.”

Phoebe Gibson, Salford’s deputy member of Youth Parliament said: “Although under a little pressure with some of the quick fired questions, Mr Lloyd answered just as quickly and even cracked a few jokes.

“We learned that although he is the head of the police force he would like to consult with young people and the community on crime issues and ask our ideas about how to help tackle them.

“We were all pleased with how well the meeting went and enjoyed having the commissioner attend and hope to meet again soon.”  

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