YOUNG people are being encouraged to apply to become the region’s next Youth Commissioners.
It marks the start of an election process that will determine which young people will advise the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on areas of concern to them.
They will also be expected to speak with police officers and decision makers about crime, justice and victim services.
Like the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Youth Commissioners will be tasked with helping to hold West Midlands Police to account and for keeping standards high.
There will be two successful Youth Commissioners for each of the following policing areas: Birmingham West, Birmingham East, Sandwell, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Wolverhampton and Walsall.
Youngsters can apply, and get further information here.
Simon Foster, the West Midlands PCC, said: “Youth Commissioners play an important role in helping me to engage with young people across the West Midlands.
“They are there to listen to their peers, hear their concerns and to tell me about what really matters to them.
“They are, in a sense, my eyes and ears on the ground. Without them, I might not hear about some of the issues we face.
“I strongly encourage any young person in the West Midlands who wants to make a real, positive difference in their community to apply to be a Youth Commissioner.~
“I also want to pay tribute to the current group of Youth Commissioners, who have proven to be excellent Commissioners, a much valued asset to my team and have brought great insight and added value to everything we do.”
The deadline for applications to be submitted is July 18, where applicants will be invited to interview and will be shortlisted.
Voting will open on, August 11 and the candidates will have two weeks to campaign, to get as many votes as possible, with voting closing on August 18.