Commissioner meets Youth Parliament at YouthPoint in Watford
Commissioner David Lloyd met the Hertfordshire UK Youth Parliament last week for a lively discussion on a range of key issues.

Commissioner Lloyd met the county’s young leaders on Thursday evening (31 January) at the Youth Point centre in Watford. They discussed what the role of Police and Crime Commissioner involved, David’s priorities for the county’s residents and issues around policing and crime.

The young people also shared their own priorities, as set out in Hertfordshire’s young people’s manifesto, and exchanged their views on the Commissioner’s ideas.

David Lloyd said: “I believe very strongly in young people having a voice and a say in the kind of communities they want to live in – particularly on policing, crime and community safety issues.”

“I will be working hard to ensure that their voice is heard and to ensure that young people remain safe and stay out of the criminal justice system. Meeting representatives of the Youth Parliament was a great help in understanding the issues that young people in Hertfordshire face.”

The Commissioner and youth parliamentarians agreed on the importance of tackling issues such as the misuse of drugs and alcohol and continuing to build relationships between the police and young people. Commissioner Lloyd highlighted the need for the full range of partners and the public to work together to build the kind of communities we want to live in.

He said: “We all have a role to play in making Hertfordshire an even better place to live – that will be a key message in my Police and Crime Plan. I was inspired to see just how engaged this group are, how much they want to be involved and their desire to getting more young people talking about what is important to them.”

Commissioner Lloyd and the Youth Parliament both stated their commitment to ongoing engagement and will meet again later in the year.

Alex Hunt, 17, and member of HertsUKYP: “I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting with David. It was interesting to hear his policies towards young people and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Herts UKYP is supported by Youth Connexions* and one of six Connexions one-stop shops is based at Youth Point. These centres provide information, advice, guidance and support on education, work, training and volunteering, advice on drugs, finance, health, housing and more.