A group of young people from across the county have scooped a national award in recognition of their peer to peer engagement on policing and crime priorities.
The Sussex Youth Commission (SYC), which includes Olivia Johnstone, from Lewes, received the national Compact 2015 Award for ‘meaningful engagement within the community through excellence in partnership working between voluntary and public sector’.
The SYC was set up by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, to work in partnership with young people to tackle urgent priorities such as reducing re-offending, hate crime, drug and alcohol abuse, relationships with the police and anti-social behaviour. It is made up of 38 people aged 15-25.
Mrs Bourne said: “The Sussex Youth Commission have undertaken some fantastic research this year by having conversations with groups of young people who often find it difficult to engage with the police. I’m so pleased the Compact Awards have recognised the value of their hard work.”
Olivia Johnstone is a law student at Sussex University and joined the Sussex Youth Commission in January 2015. She said: “I really care about the relationship between young people and the police and I think it is essential that respect is mutual between them. Being part of the SYC is proving to be invaluable and I’m excited about the work we are doing to improve young people’s relationships with the police.”
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