Three groups of schoolchildren made presentations on crime and community safety issues to Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins on Thursday.
Mr Martins attended an event at Biddenham International School in Bedford to hear presentations from pupils aged 15 regarding their views on various different types of crime.
After the presentation the Commissioner answered their questions on his views about crime reduction and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system.
Mr Martins said: “This proves that you are never too old to go back to school and learn something. It was a thought-provoking afternoon hearing what young people feel about crime and its impact on communities.
“Young people are the citizens of the future and it’s important that we take their thoughts seriously. This information will help us to ensure the delivery of inclusive policing services that take into account the needs of young people.
“Becoming more involved with people of a younger age is important, it will help us to achieve a safer Bedfordshire both now and in the years to come and the best way I can do that is to talk with them and to listen to what they have to say.”
The pupils gave the Commissioner presentations on various topics including knife crime and the effects of street lights on crime.
The event is part of their citizenship studies.
Headteacher David Bailey said: “We were delighted that Olly could spare the time to come and spend some time with our students.
“I know that they really enjoyed meeting him and having the opportunity to talk with him and ask questions about the policing in the county.
“I know that they also took full advantage of giving him their views too.”
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