Ely’s young people help the county’s police

The Youth Consultation Panel

The Youth Consultation Panel - Credit: Archant

Teenagers have signed up to a new youth group in Ely to form better relationships with the police.

Maddie Symonds, 12, said: “I found out about the panel through school.

“I think I’ll help the police to understand how young people think and feel.

“I’m fairly confident and outgoing, I’m always up for a challenge!”

The 12-person group includes young people who live in or are educated in East Cambridgeshire.

Assistant chief constable Nav Malik said: “It’s essential that we remain in touch and build on relationships with the communities we serve, as well as being held to account.

“Young people are such an important part of this and I look forward to working with the group.”

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The group will meet on a monthly basis and hopes to improve communication links with their peers through the use of new technology and social media.

The group has also received supprt from police and crime commissioner Councillor Jason Ablewhite.

Councillor Ablewhite said: “Their voice is hugely important in helping us understand the needs and concerns of young people and in making our communities safer.”