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Bedfordshire youths take lead on positive information campaign

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Bedfordshire youths take lead on positive information campaign

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), working with Bedfordshire Youth Council (BYC) have been creating campaigns aimed at young people, hosted on social media platforms.

The aim of these campaigns is to improve trust and confidence between our young people and the police.  Commissioned partners of the OPCC have also been encouraging their own youth groups to promote the monthly campaigns.

Commenting on the joined-up work, PCC Akinbusoye said “The followers of the social media platforms can feedback to us on issues that affect young people in an interactive way. We are therefore able to create monthly campaigns that we know will resonate, provide useful information, and ensure our young people’s voices are heard on matters that affect them.”

Previous themes included ‘Stop and Search – Know your rights’, ‘Detained in a cell’, ‘Saying no to gangs’ and ‘Lives not Knives.’

Lorell Scott, Youth Ambassador at Att10tive said” At Att10tive, we feel very strongly about keeping vulnerable people safe, and since starting our project ‘Bsafe’, working with the PCC and creating content for the social media platforms, I think a lot of us realise that everyone is vulnerable in one way or another”.

“We’ve been creating information tools including posters, flyers and videos for people of different ages backgrounds, races genders and religions; educating them on how they can stay safe whether they are out in the public or at home on the internet. This has helped inform people on how they can keep themselves safe and also the people around them.”

PCC Akinbusoye has been impressed with the quality of inputs from the young people who took the lead on this project. He has thanked them by financially supporting the community programme each young person is attached to.

Upcoming campaigns can be found on our website here

If you’d like any more information, or to get involved please contact us pccevents@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

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