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Two young people have been chosen as the West Midlands’ new Youth Commissioners for Wolverhampton.

The elections took place over a seven week period and were voted for by their peers.

The final candidates were announced at the Wolverhampton Youth Council meeting last night.

Your new Wolverhampton Youth Commissioners are:

  • Syed Naqvi (aged 17)
  • Melvin Riley (aged 17)

Each borough in the West Midlands are represented by two Youth Commissioners aged between 14-18, who serve a two year term.

The Youth Commissioners will advise the Police and Crime Commissioner on law and order issues affecting children and teenagers. They will also be asked to represent the views and stand up for the rights of young people within the police force area.

As well as speaking directly to the PCC the volunteer Youth Commissioners will liaise with police officers, decision makers and youth organisations about crime, justice and victim services.

They will also be asked to challenge the force when it fails to live up to expectations.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: “I’m delighted to have two new Wolverhampton Youth Commissioners elected and in post.

“These young people will play a very important role in keeping younger generations safe.

“It is their responsibility to brief me on the views, concerns and worries of young people.

“I rely on these Commissioners to tell me when problems emerge so I can ensure something is done.

“They are my eyes and ears on the ground and play a crucial role in keeping everyone safe.”

Former Youth Commissioner, Connor Fowler said: “My time as a Youth Commissioner has been invaluable.

“It is great to be the voice in your community that represents other young people.

“I’ve presented in front of the PCC and Chief Constable, been on regional TV and have had hundreds of conversations with people of my age.

“The role really empowers young people to challenge our police service and to stand up to those around them”.

Youth Commissioners will be asked to consult young people on the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan, liaise with other teenagers and children and build relationships with the police.

Anyone who wishes to contact their Youth Commissioner should email [email protected].

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