Bexley youngsters quiz police to build bridges

PUBLISHED: 15:11 03 December 2012

The mother of murdered Sidcup teenager Rob Knox was one of those who talked at an event designed to improve relations between the police and young people.

Last week a series of presentations were hosted by Bexley Community Police Engagement Group to try and build positive relationships.

Sally Knox gave a talk on the dangers of knife crime and there were also discussions about safer transport and the stop and search policy as well as a Taser workshop.

Bexley Youth Council helped to organise the event at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath.

Their chairman, 16-year-old Joe McLynn of Hurstmere School, said: “I’ve definitely seen a change in Bexley because of the youth council and events like this.

“As time has gone on, councillors have been more involved with young people and want to hear our views.”

All secondary schools in Bexley borough were invited to get involved.

At the end of the workshops, there was a question and answer session with Bexley police borough commander, Ch Supt Victor Olisa, and the council’s cabinet member for children’s services and community safety, Cllr Kate Perrior.

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