Youth Commissioner election announced
There is to be an election for sixteen new Youth Commissioners
in the West Midlands.
(A small number of former youth commissioners)
The young people will be voted for by their peers and will
represent them over a 2 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.
"The sixteen elected Youth Commissioners will have a really
important job, 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."
Nominations for candidates opens on September 3rd
People will then have two weeks to vote for their chosen
candidate online and in person with the voting period starting on
2nd October and closing 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.
Schools and youth clubs will help promote the elections.
If anyone wants to be a Youth Commissioner and they are aged
under 18 then they can fill out a form on the PCC's website before
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.
- Nominations for candidates opens on September 3rd
and closes on September 28th.
- The two week election starts on 2nd October and
closes on 16th October.
- Election results will be announced on 17th
There will be two Youth Commissioners for each of the following
- Birmingham West
- Birmingham East