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We spoke to young people who have been in contact with the police. This is what they told us...
Young people tell us there is a problem with interactions between them and the police. Many young people feel victimised and stereotyped by the police. Young people caught up in the criminal justice system felt the police were often prejudiced, racist and too soon to accuse young people of committing crimes. This leads to a toxic relationship between many young people and the police.
In 2012 the landscape of policing changed and new Police and Crime Commissioners were elected. We hope they will have the power to bridge the gap between young people and the police to make everyone in our communities safer.
We believe young people are the experts when it comes to finding solutions to youth crime. This is especially true of young people who have been caught up in crime themselves. We want Police and Crime Commissioners to draw on the real life experiences of these young people, involve them fully when drawing up their policies and when they write their plans for tackling crime