Election gets underway
Voting is underway across the West Midlands as young people
decide who they want standing up for their views and rights with
the area's police force.
In all, sixteen Youth Commissioners will be elected, two for
The young people will be voted for by their peers and will
represent them over a two year term.
The Youth Commissioners must be aged 18 and under. Their job is
to advise the Police and Crime Commissioner on issues affecting
children and teenagers.
As well as speaking directly to the PCC the unpaid Youth
Commissioners will liaise with police officers and decision makers
about crime, justice and victim services.
They will also be asked to challenge the force when it fails to
live up to expectations.
Voting is taking place online and in person at schools, youth
centres and community centres.
Votes online will be cast using quick online polls where the
individual will vote for their favourite candidate within their
"I'm delighted to see that the polls have opened. This is the
first time we have elected all 16 Youth Commissioners, enabling
young people to have their say.
"The Youth Commissioners play a crucial role in keeping young
generations safe," said the West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner, David Jamieson.
"It is their responsibility to keep me up to speed with 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."
Voting closes on 16th October. The results will be
declared on 17th October.
Each Neighbourhood Policing Unit will have two elected Youth
Commissioners serving two year terms.
Connor Fowler has been a Youth Commissioner for the last two
years, he said: "My time as a Youth Commissioner has been
"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
"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.
There will be two Youth Commissioners for each of the following
- Birmingham West
- Birmingham East
How to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youthcommsCOV
Megan Colloff, 14 years old: "As an approachable Youth
Representative and WMP Cadet I believe I could listen, empathise
and understand the issues young people are facing today and I would
be proud to be part of the connection that brings about changed
attitudes in young minds."
Husnaa Mota, 16 years old: "I can bring diversity to the role
and team as I am a young Muslim female who wears Hijab. They may
not be other women in Hijab on the police force but that does not
mean I will shy away from pursuing a career in this area. I will
lead the way for people like me, or from ethnic minorities who feel
they are not represented."
Tanzilabanu Shaikh, 17 years old: "By being a Youth Commissioner
I will be able to get opinions of young people and what they think
about crime. As a young person I will be able to talk to them on a
different level that the Police may not be able to do. By
appointing me I will be able not only support, but inform local
police officers and the PCC's office on what matters to young
people and inform how to work with them."
Deepti Sapoka, 17 years old: "Attending youth council has given
me a chance to meet the people related to crime such as the victim,
which has increased my background knowledge to how and why the
crime occurs. This has also allowed me to think from a balanced
point of view and not just of an onlooker, the victim or the
perpetrator, therefore I believe I am a suitable candidate for
Niamh Donnelly, 15 years old: "I believe when we can make
communications between the authorities and teenagers we can
build trust and prevent unwanted issues. To be Youth Police Crime
Commissioner would mean having the opportunity to take an active
role in my community and improving relations between young people
and the police."
William Sutherland, 15 years old: "I currently sit on the
Coventry Youth Council and I'm passionate about making change in my
local area. The things that I think affect people in my area come
from an increase in knife crime and the use of drugs. These things
affect young people and I would like to work to make a change in
Coventry for people to feel safer and have their voices heard."
How to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youthcommsBHAMEAST
Anaya Pala, 15 years old: "I would be privileged to be working
as a WMP PCC Youth Commissioner. This opportunity would allow
me to represent the youths of today, engage, motivate and be an
integral point of contact for my area. I thrive to inspire and be a
good role model, thus improve the local communities by encouraging
positives changes, sharing ideas and offer support so we can be a
strong and vibrant community."
Hunza Hussain, 13 years old: "If I were to become a WMP PCC
Youth Commissioner I can explain what issues not only affect my
local area but also what issues affect my community such as racism
or discrimination. I believe that by building my experience from an
early age I will gain a better understanding of the problems that
affect young people on a daily basis and how these issues can be
resolved or dealt with."
Summer Butler, 14 years old: "The reason why I would like to get
involved in this project is that I have serious concerns with the
anti-social behaviours that occur within my area but also I have
personally been through some issues that have affected my life but
now I have overcome them and I feel I have a voice that will be
heard as I have personal experience and I am passionate about
making a change within my community."
How to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youthcommsBHAMWEST
Ahlan Saleh, 17 years old: "I would like to be a youth
commissioner to learn new skills, improve and challenge myself and
meet new people and build my confidence. I feel I can offer a
positive vibe to the group, bring new ideas and would work to an
elite level to support my team members. I am also polite,
hardworking and productive. I would be dedicated to be a part of
Navera Parwez, 15 years old: "We as young people should be able to
control and change things that affect us which is exactly why I
think this role is perfect for me. I am very ambitious and
determined and enjoy challenging myself in areas I may not be
comfortable with. I am able to contribute ideas which I believe
will help young people in the West Midlands."
Samson Iyanuoluwa Ayodeji, 17 years old: "As a young person who
has lived most of his life under the influence of different
circumstances, which has limited my abilities and resulted in some
bad behaviour during my early years. I have now evolved into this
humble, compassionate and loving being. I would like to become a
WMP PCC youth Commissioner; mainly for my interest in understanding
young people and the reason for their actions."
How to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youthcommsSAND
Kareena Ratti, 15 years old: "I'd like to be a youth crime
commissioner because I believe that the youth should have a voice
over issues affecting their lives and community. I also feel I can
represent youths from a variety of diverse backgrounds as I come
from an Asian background therefore feel I can also represent
under-represented diverse groups. I feel the key to becoming a
voice for the youths is being open, honest, transparent and
Raihannah Kulthoom, 16 years old:
"The opportunity of becoming a Youth Commissioner is an important
and valuable one. Having done it for 6 months already, I have been
able to experience some of the things you would have to do and have
thoroughly enjoyed it. To finish my term would be amazing and to
help me to branch out more and become even more confident."
Daejon Johnson, 15 years old: "We don't have places to express
our creativity, and we don't have a good relationship with the
police force because of it. They class large groups of young people
as gangs, but that only stereotypes young people with a lot of
potential with nowhere to develop it. I can help change this by
providing solutions that would work, and improving ones that aren't
already productive. It is more than just stopping crime, it is
eradicating boredom within our community."
Hammad Khalid, 15 years old: "I want to become a youth
commissioner for my peers because I believe I have the wealth of
expertise to be able to represent the youngsters needs and believe
in fair play and equality. If I am elected, on my first day as a
youth commissioner I will arrange a meeting with all the
stakeholders in Sandwell and share my plan on how I will work with
the youngsters to make a better, safe and pleasant Sandwell for
everyone. Hammad Khalid, working tirelessly to make Sandwell a
lovely place for the everyone."
Tanishq Khanduri, 16 years old: "As a bilingual individual,
speaking both English and Punjabi, I am able to communicate with
different communities, and listen to the needs of those in the same
situation as me. This also brings the communities together as it
may be that they share similar concerns, which I am able to listen
and feedback to those who can help solve them. I can bring a change
by voicing my thoughts and ideas on a panel such as the Youth
Commissioners Board, pushing creative and innovative solutions from
a young person's perspective."
How to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youthcommsDUD
Emerson Hanslip, 16 years old: "I think that becoming a Youth
Police Commissioner is an amazing opportunity for me to serve my
local area. My time volunteering has provided me with first-hand
experience with local issues, some of those being issues related to
crime. I have also met with local people during talks and canvasing
during local elections. As a Youth Commissioner, I can ensure you
that I will exercise my passion to the best of my ability."
Morgan Martin, 15 years old: "I am a very sociable and outgoing
mature young adult. In my spare time I have been an active member
of Dudley Youth Council for the past 2 years. This gave me the
opportunity to run make your mark at my place of education last
year and I am in the process of running it again this year. I have
also been a member of Dudley Police Cadets since it started about 6
months ago. Both have really helped my confidence and my social
Jayden Russon, 16 years old: "I have understanding of how it
feels to sit on either side of the fence and I am passionate about
any task that I may undertake. I am not going to hide issues from
anyone and will strive to deal with issues quickly and efficiently.
I feel that I can add a unique insight to the minds of children and
young people and help to make the west midlands safer and a nicer
place to live!"
Ben Corfield, 15 years old: "If I was to describe myself I'm a
very proactive and conscientious young man who is regularly engaged
in the community representing Dudley Youth Council. I think that
with the vast amount of youth crime, young people of today find it
easier to connect and express and share their problems with a
strong individual from the similar age group. I believe that the
life skills and leadership qualities I have obtained will help
connect first hand with young people influenced from crime and give
me an advantage in tackling these problems in the nearby
Georgia Whitehouse, 16 years old: "Being a Youth Commissioner
would mean so much to me. Having completed my work experience
at Brierley Hill Police Station and being a member of Dudley Police
Cadets for around a year now, I feel that this would be a great
step up. I want to show everyone that you can achieve if you
put your mind to it and I would like to inspire more young people
to get involved and help their community as a whole."
How to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youthcommsWALS
Asad Kalang, 15 years old: "I want to become a Youth
Commissioners as I want to bring change to my community for
everyone and I hope to help break the barrier between young
people and the police by acting as a liaison so we can achieve our
common goal of a safe Walsall for everyone. I am extremely
passionate for change in Walsall, and with the opportunity of youth
commissioners I believe that I can have a positive impact on our
community and that we will be able to create a safer environment
Mariam Sohail, 18 years old: "My reason for wishing to
become a PCC Youth commissioner are simple. I have seen the
impact of their work growing up, and I have since always been
amazed at their engagement in my school and local area. Becoming a
Youth Commissioner would allow me to champion and amplify the
voices of young people in my local area, inspiring them to be
confident in voicing and expressing themselves."
Harvind Grewal, 17 years old: "I have always believed that it is
crucial for me to involve myself within my community, my Walsall.
Walsall means of immense value to me, it is where I was brought up,
studied and achieved to my fullest, so it is vital for me to give
back to my community by helping it, by taking on a role which will
further help younger people by becoming their voice and their
representative. It would be a real honour to be worthy of such a
role; it would be a privilege for me to give back to Walsall the
confidence, empowerment and encouragement that Walsall gave me.
Being Youth Commissioner is all about supporting our young people
to improve and excel and report the adversities that may affect
How to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youthcommsSOL
Thomas Gilleran, 16 years old: "I am a confident and
hard-working young person who wants to help make a difference and
shape change not just for me and the people surrounding me but also
the next generations of young people who succeed us. From an early
age I have wanted to become a police officer and now I have the
opportunity to be involved in an organisation that inspires me and
make a difference to how they influence the lives of other people
both with my beliefs and respect for the police service and for
those who don't."
Becky Brown, 17 years old:
"Within this role I would be able to understand the young members
of our community, listen to their concerns and be their voice
within meetings. I would also like to provide an alternative
option for them which would prevent them from turning to crime. I
would like to become WMP PCC Youth Commissioner as I believe youth
crime could be prevented through education of the young people and
I believe that I have the qualities to succeed within this
Rebecca Stack, 17 years old: "I am a firm believer in doing the
right thing for our community and I am willing to assist in helping
the young people find a better focus in life and therefore a
stable future. I am honest and hardworking. I enjoy the
challenge of new experiences and therefore feel I could contribute
to this position."
Aidan Awaan, 15 years old: "Issues affecting my local area are:
Youth and Knife Crime as well as Drugs being used and sold by young
I understand and get on with almost everyone that I meet. I would
like to be a Youth Commissioner as I see a lot of my old friends
going down routes that aren't good for them, this could also have
happened to me and I would like to make a change to it happening to
John Harvey, 15 years old: "The issues I see in my area are:
Youth Crime, Drugs and Violence. I feel I work really well with
others and focus on the tasks set. I communicate well and never shy
away from being the voice others need to hear. This puts me in a
good position to represent other people in my area."
Lily Spink, 15 years old: "Issues affecting my community are:
Cyberbullying and Youth Crime. I like to contribute to as many
events and activities as I can. I listen and respect other people's
opinions. Some may say I have a small voice, but I can voice my
opinions and support other people."
Levi Pincombe, 15 years old: "My personal experiences make me
relatable to other young people in my area. Some of the biggest
issues in my area are young people carrying weapons and using
drugs. This is also driven by money in the community. I would like
to be a youth commissioner for Solihull."
Skye Davies, 14 years old: "I care about my local community and
the people in it. I would like to represent young people in
Solihull and have a number of ideas to help improve Solihull and
the local area. I am keen to build up a portfolio of skills for my
future career, which I hope will be interesting and worthwhile. I
would relish the opportunity to work with people of all ages to
make Solihull a better place."
How to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/youthcommsWOLV
Brandi Thompson, 17 years old: "I would like to apply for the
position of youth police crime commissioner. I believe I would
perform exceptional at this role: I'd be able to translate the
meetings and project the message to the rest of the members of the
youth council. I'm confident in my communication and listening
skills. I'm comfortable working with adults. I'm committed to doing
the extra research on gun/knife crime related to young people. I
have an actual interest in the topic around crime and would be very
excited to have the role and I'm willing to learn new skills. I'm
easy to talk to so if any of you had any concerns about crime in
your area, you can rely on me to respectfully represent your
Khatira Hakimi, 17 years old: "I would like to apply for the
position of youth police crime commissioner, as I believe I would
be quite suitable for this role as I am organised, hard-working and
have good communication skills. I am very good at listening to
other people and their views without judging them or becoming
emotionally attached, as I have been trained to do so as a leader
of the peer mentoring system for my school. I am good at handling
myself in different situations and putting my views across the
right way. Over the past year I have been working closely with
professionals such as Compton Hospice. I have good leadership
skills, having been to many leadership workshops in the past. I
want to be a lawyer hopefully one day, so this would an amazing
opportunity for me, also I have always been interested in working
with police. This role will help enhance my skills."