Young people from The Mixenden Activity Centre have set up a Youth Scrutiny Panel to try and understand some of the issues young people face in these present times.
Heather Stout, from the Mixenden Initiative, was approached by PC Jonny Ramsden from the Youth Offending Team and asked if she knew of any young people who would be willing to sit on such a group.
After discussions with Marcus Irving from the centre, it was agreed to invite a group of young people, who are already acting as peer mentors, to sit on the panel.
In total 14 young people, aged from 13 to 17, agreed to the task in hand.
The group was originally set up in March and their first task was to meet with PC Ramsden to try and understand why the police carry out Stop and Searches on young people and to gain their insight as to whether they feel they are justifiable or not.
The group met with PC Ramsden (Jonny) at the Youth Offending Team offices where Jonny gave them some examples of real life stop and searches and asked them their thoughts. He also explained about GOWISELY, the mnemonic police officers use before any search of a person takes place. Continue reading