City College students and West Coventry Academy pupils have been helping the police identify community safety improvements in Coventry, particularly in areas they visit regularly.
Part of the ‘Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day’, the project gave children the chance to experience the duties of engagement and consultant officers.
PC Vicky Hobbs along with PC Nic Mansell from West Midlands Police organised the event. The Community safety team from the Council also helped with putting the event together and arranging the final presentation.
During the day, young people took part in site surveys and reported back to Police inspectors, Councillors, and Council street services staff.
The student’s reports found a number of community safety issues that were identified in their feedback presentations. Students walked around areas they often use such as Pool Meadow Bus Station, City Centre and the routes they take to and from school and college.
Students highlighted similar issues in their feedback about areas that could do with improvements. These improvements included street lighting, graffiti removal, roads safety tips including pedestrian crossings and to reduce litter in parks and pigeon problems. The young people also identified concerns about homeless people.
The organisations were then asked to look at how the suggestions given by young people could be developed further.
PC Vicky Hobbs said it was great to have children of different ages to share their views and opinions at the event.
She added: “An event like this puts children and young people in decision making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Organisations also benefit from a fresh perspective about their work”.