08:00 Wednesday 06 February 2013

Herts law and order boss talks to county's youth

Written bySinead Holland

HERTS Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd met the county’s Youth Parliament for a lively discussion on a range of key issues.

Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd at Cornwall House sheltered housing complex in Bishop's Stortford
Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.

He said: “I believe very strongly in young people having a voice and a say in the kind of communities they want to live in – particularly on policing, crime and community safety issues.”

“I will be working hard to ensure that their voice is heard and to ensure that young people remain safe and stay out of the criminal justice system. Meeting representatives of the Youth Parliament was a great help in understanding the issues that young people in Herts face.”

The commissioner and youth parliamentarians agreed on the importance of tackling issues such as the misuse of drugs and alcohol and continuing to build relationships between the police and young people.

He said: “We all have a role to play in making Herts an even better place to live – that will be a key message in my Police and Crime Plan. I was inspired to see just how engaged this group are, how much they want to be involved and their desire to getting more young people talking about what is important to them.”

Parliamentarian Alex Hunt, 17, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting with David. It was interesting to hear his policies towards young people and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Commissioner Lloyd met the county’s young leaders on Thursday evening (January 31) at the Youth Point centre in Watford.

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