Youth Advisory Group sees first-hand West Yorkshire Police’s £38m state of the art training facility (28 Aug 2015)

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Members of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson's Youth Advisory Group (YAG) and junior Neighbourhood Watch group, Warwick Watchers, have seen first-hand how our police officers gain the skills they need to keep our communities safe.

Members of the YAG and Warwick Watches were at the state of the art police training centre Carr Gate to see the public order training arena, the firearms ranges, the Mounted and Dog Sections and the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

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

The YAG is made up of 64 voluntary members aged between 13 and 21 from across West Yorkshire who meet up regularly to discuss policing and community safety from a young person's point of view.

The group also have the opportunity to attend visits, comment on discussion topics and raise issues affecting young people, at any time, directly with their Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson.

The groups had asked for the visit to help them in their understanding of operational policing.

The members included Joe, 14, from Wakefield, who said he was "absolutely blown away by the scale of the complex."

He added "The best part was visiting the firearms ranges because they showed the scale of what went into preparing officers for almost any situation.

YAG Carr Gate 2"If you ever get the chance to visit I'd suggest doing so, and I'd like to thank everybody I did and didn't meet at Carr Gate for such a great day."

A spokesperson for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said: "One of The Police and Crime Commissioner's 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 young people have been asked to volunteer to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner on the Youth Advisory Group. The group gives 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 welcome the PCC's Youth Advisory Group to our fantastic new training facilities at Carr Gate.

"The visit enabled the young people to see for themselves key aspects of training and also the work undertaken by officers based at Carr Gate to support their colleagues working in local communities. 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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