Crime commissioner Ann Barnes in hunt for new youth crime commissioner following Paris Brown resignation
The search for someone to take on the job of being Kent’s first youth crime commissioner is under way for a second time.
Crime commissioner Ann Barnes has advertised the £15,000 a year post - described as an internship - six months after the first appointment unravelled.
Kent Police Commissioner Ann Barnes
Mrs Barnes said she was determined to press ahead with the idea, insisting that it would provide a valuable link between young people and the police.
According to the job description, the person appointed will have the job of developing a youth engagement programme to educate and deter young people from committing crime.
They will also be expected to “work with schools to deliver educational packages on issues such as knife crime, drugs and how to stay safe.”
Under personal qualities, would-be candidates will have to demonstrate that they would “treat people with respect and dignity, dealing with them fairly and without prejudice.”
Paris Brown quits at Youth Crime Commissioner, with Ann Barnes
Mrs Barnes said: “There is a significant body of work required to help stop young people becoming victims of crime, which my youth commissioner will lead.
"I hope people will agree that young people will relate better to a young person.
"I also hope they will agree that if this post saves just one person from becoming a victim or a perpetrator, it will have proved itself to be a valuable investment in the community safety of Kent.”
"I hope people will agree that young people will relate better to a young person" - Ann Barnes
A recent independent report into the recruitment of Paris Brown said the process was “robust and transparent.”
On the question of whether the interviewing panel should have quizzed candidates for the role about social media and carried out checks, the report states: “There was no real reason that this post should have been singled out for special attention.”
However, that has not stopped some arguing that the post is a gimmick and that other ways of working with young people should be explored.
The closing date for applications for the job is November 3. Details of the job can be found on Ann Barnes' website.
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