London’s Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) is inviting young Londoners to share their experiences of policing in the capital. The results of the MPA Youth Survey will help the Authority to make recommendations to improve the service the Met provides to young people.
MPA member Richard Sumray said the Authority wanted to “explore the causes, effects and impacts of young people’s involvement in crime as victims, witnesses and perpetrators, and how this influences their interactions and relationships with the MPS.”
“An important aspect of our scrutiny is our willingness to hear directly from young people – in their own words – about the problems they face and what they believe would make a real difference. What do young people think would help improve the services both the police and partner agencies offer them?”
The MPA hopes is hoping to identify ways to reduce young people’s involvement in crime as victims, witnesses and perpetrators as well as improve the confidence of young people to report crime and engage with the police as witnesses.
Mr Sumray said “many adult practitioners, professionals and commentators are currently airing their views on why young people become victims or perpetrators of crime.
“But we rarely hear the views of young people themselves. That’s why we’re talking directly to young people in focus groups and making our survey widely available to enable many more to participate. It’s anonymous, can be completed online, and will help make a positive change.”