Police chief drops in to visit students

Students from Minsthorpe Community College quizzed West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson about crime and safety in the area.

He visited the college on Monday 4th November as the first of five stops across the district to speak to residents, community groups and organisations about the changing needs of local communities.

Minsthorpe students asked him questions about drugs, racism and social acceptance.

Cory Bailey, 17, a member of the college’s student council, said:

“Mr Burns-Williamson spoke to us about his role as police and crime commissioner and asked us for ideas on how we thought issues in the area could be tackled.”

“I raised that we needed more focus on dealing with racism against minorities, because I feel it is hard enough moving to a new country without being judged and made to feel like second-class citizens.”

“Some of the younger members were a little nervous about asking questions, but some of the topics the older students raised brought about long, interesting discussions.”

Mr Burns-Williamson has launched a new survey as part of his ‘Listening to You First’ campaign, aimed at understanding and recognising the changing needs of local communities. Responses will be used to help shape the Police and Crime Plan.

He said:

“The survey will ensure the priorities are relevant and reflect the risks and concerns faced in our communities.”

“It is vitally important people’s voices are heard and community needs are identified. I would encourage people to spare some time to answer the questions and ask others to do the same. It does not take long to complete and will help to make a genuine difference.”

A link to the survey is available via the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioners website

Originally published in the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express; Thursday, November 7, 2013 – www.hemsworthandsouthelmsallexpress.co.uk