Students from Bradford College had their chance to put their questions to the three candidates for the newly created role of West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) at a recent event.
Students also talked about their current experiences of police and crime and created their own manifesto for the future of police and crime in the region.
On 15 November 2012, in the first ever elections, 41 new police and crime commissioners will be elected across England and Wales to give members of the public a voice in tackling crime locally and ensuring the police force is more effective.
West Yorkshire candidates Geraldine Carter, Andrew Marchington and Mark Burns-Williamson visited the College to speak with students about the different skills and experiences they would each bring to the role, as well as presenting their ideas on what they could accomplish to benefit the community
Bradford College Principal Michele Sutton, OBE said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to discover how the candidates propose to really make a difference and tackle the issues our students care about.”
Piers Telemacque, President of Bradford Students’ Union said: “As a union we’re encouraging students to get involved in the community and make a positive change. The Commissioner will ensure police accountability to the public and it is important for young people to have their say and get involved.”
Organised by the SHM Foundation Political Academy’s ForceForwards campaign which aims to get young people more engaged in politics, the event at Bradford College was hosted by Bradford Students’ Union.
Polling will take place on Thursday, November 15, and the winner will be announced the following day.
Information about the candidates is available www.choosemypcc.co.uk