Youth Advisory Group gets to see first-hand West Yorkshire Police’s £30m state of the art training facility (22 Aug 2014)

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Members of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire's Youth Advisory Group (YAG) got to see first-hand this week how police officers gain the skills to keep communities safe.

Members of the advisory group, set up by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, were at Carr Gate to visit the public order training arena, three firearms ranges and the National Police Air Service facility.

They also got to see the warehouse-style arena set up to recreate challenges officers would face maintaining public order, including a pub, shops, a town square and a football stand.

The group is made up of 40 voluntary members aged between 13 and 21, from across West Yorkshire who meet up three times a year and speak to the PCC directly about issues affecting them and their peers. The group had asked for the visit to help them in their understanding of operational policing.

The members included Jade, from Halifax, who said that she had not realised how many different areas of policing there were during her visit to Carr Gate.

She added: "My favourite bit was watching the NPAS helicopter land and I feel more informed about the police after my visit."

Matthew, aged 20, from Knottingley, said that the best bit for him was the firearms presentation.

"I learned more about the police helicopters and I also thought the disorder training area was really good," he added.

Mr Burns-Williamson said that he would like more young people to get in touch and register their interest in joining the YAG.

He added: "One of my promises is to treat all young people as citizens, valuing their interests and opinions as much as any other group in the community.

"That is why I asked young people to volunteer to work with me on my Youth Advisory Group.  The group gives me direct contact with young people who voice their views and comments.

"We would like young people who are interested in representing other young people and expressing their views on policing, crime and disorder to join the Youth Advisory Group."

Superintendent David Lunn, Protective Services Operations, said: "It was a pleasure to host the PCCs Youth Advisory Group at our fantastic new training facilities at Carr Gate.

"Working closely with these young people we were able to outline key aspects of training and policing and how those transfer into the front line skills of our Police Officers and Police Staff who are out and about in our communities. "Importantly we were able to listen to the thoughts and views of the group."

Anyone interested in joining YAG, or for more information email [email protected].

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