Marlborough law students’ idea is taken up

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Angus Macpherson with St John’s School Year 12 students Callum Riley-Pitt, Sian Woolley, Annie Knights, Becca Mitchell, Calum Conway and Hugo Gardner Angus Macpherson with St John’s School Year 12 students Callum Riley-Pitt, Sian Woolley, Annie Knights, Becca Mitchell, Calum Conway and Hugo Gardner

A youth forum is on the cards after law students put their ideas to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson.

Mr Macpherson met GCSE and A-level law students at at St John’s School, Marlborough, and spent time discussing his role and debating how the police can best engage with young people.

He talked to law classes about his achievements during his first few months as PCC and his vision for the role. The groups also discussed the idea of a youth forum and several expressed interest in being involved.

Mr Macpherson said: “I enjoyed meeting the students at St John’s and hearing their views on the youth forum, which I am going to set up as a way to continue to engage with young people in the county.

“My new role is all about talking and listening to people in local communities on policing matters and that includes children and young people, so visits to schools like this are very useful to me.”

Year 12 student Jake Seaward, 16, said: “After talking about current local policing, we discussed how the service could move forward in the future and it was suggested that building a presence on social media sites would provide easy attention from younger citizens, as they are the largest proportion of social site users.

“It was genuinely a great experience to meet the person who is in charge of keeping the streets in our local area safe and even offering him a few of our own ideas.”

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