SCHOOL children will tell police officers exactly what they think of crime in their town.
Officers in Brighouse are joining forces with pupils to tackle policing issues.
Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said he hoped the forum would reassure young people that they could approach the police.
“I want to break down barriers between the police and young people. We want to increase our understanding of different values, how people communicate with each other and styles and patterns of behaviour.’’
He said he also wanted to tackle the perception that young people are at the root of antisocial behaviour, adding: “In reality young people are far more likely to be the victims of crimes themselves rather than the offenders.”
The forum, at Brighouse Civic Centre this Friday, will give school pupils the chance to tell police what they think about policing in their area.
Insp Nawaz added: “There are many policing decisions that have an impact on young people, particularly around antisocial behaviour..”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the police to listen to young people.’’