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Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie visited Holyhead school yesterday to deliver an inspirational talk to a group of students.

The students in years 10 and 12 were eager to hear about Ashley’s own career path and his journey from Nottingham graduate, to the youngest Asisstant Police and Crime Commissioner in the country at just 25 years of age.

Ashley spoke about his passion for making a positive differnce to the lives of people in the West Midlands, and presented on key areas of his work including Stop and Search, young people, and tackling gangs and violence.

Commeneting on this visit Ashley said:

“It was great to visit Holyhead school today to speak to some of the students about their interests, hobbies and hopes for the future. I am committed to ensuring young people in the West Midlands have the oppurtunity to succeed and realise their full potential.

“Education is of course a crucial basis for future success, however I would also encourage young people to nurture those things they are passionate about. Whether it be policing, politics, law or sports, it is important for young people to start early, and actively seek out positive experiences that will benefit them in later life.”

Ashley also invited the students to share their experiences of coming into contact with the police, and their thoughts about the recent increase in youth violence.

Speaking on Stop and Search, Ashley commended West Midlands Police for improving the effectiveness and transparency of the tactic. While there has been good work carried out such as the establishment of Stop and Search Scrutiny panels, and workshops in schools, there remains more work to do.

Following the talk, a large number of those in attendance showed real interest in learning more about the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner through work experience oppurtunities.

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