Join the Young people's Speak Out Group
We want more young people to join our Speak Out Group who are a group of young people, from 10 to 18 years old, who give us honest, open views about their experiences and perceptions of the police in Cheshire. We may:-
- ask you to complete postal (reply paid) surveys;
- arrange group discussions to explore your opinions in more detail;
- invite you to get involved in making suggestions for improvement;·
- use what you tell us to inform our decisions;
- invite you to get involved in policing events in your community;
(We will not publish your name or personal details without prior permission)
The Constabulary has a School Help Advice Reporting Page (SHARP) System for you and your local community. The aim of the site is to enable us all to work together to make our communities a safer place to live. It is full of useful information and advice for everyone. You can use the site to report incidents to the police. You may also find that your local school has a SHARP system, if so please use your school site to report any issues/concerns you may have.
It is essential that we listen to eveyone's views about policing and how it could be improved. In November 2008, eighty nine young people attended an event to do just that..and they weren't shy about what they thought.
The young people spoke about what it is like living in today's society when they are often accused of midemeanors and feel that they are not heard. When asked to 'speak out' about policing, they told us that respect needs to be two way and that they need to be able to trust the police before they can work with them.
Young people often have vital information about community tensions, crime and disorder and by working together we can make our neighbourhoods safer.
Most of the young people had similar concerns to everone else that we listen to, they want to be able to contact the police quickly, receive an informative and efficient service and to be kept updated. they want less crime, to feel safe and to be treated with dignity and respect.
Click on the link to read the full report and recommendations from the Speak Out event which was approved by the Authority's Engagement Committee on 10 February 2009.