The Staffordshire Youth Commission has showcased an awareness video about hate crime to leading police figures, including the Assistant Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, at their annual conference.
The video hopes to educate young people on the impacts of hate crime and to prevent them from forming harmful prejudices towards people from different backgrounds.
Describing the event, Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “It was hard-hitting, enthusing, uplifting and inspirational.
“Hearing young people speak so clearly about issues that are important to them underlines the importance of tackling the real issues impacting on them.”
He added: “Young people are the most qualified people to know the issues that affect them around Stoke-on-Trent.”
The three-minute video is available on YouTube, posted to coincide with National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
The Youth Commission recently announced a partnership with Safer Communities CIC. The community interest group is majority-owned by Matthew Ellis’ Staffordshire Fire and Rescue authority. The partnership is due to formally begin from February 2019.
The Youth Commission, set up in 2016, currently hosts 33 members spanning the Staffordshire region. Members travel from Lichfield, Tamworth, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.
Attendance included the Chief Superintendent of Staffordshire Police Jeff Moore, local councillors, and Staffordshire University Vice Chancellor Liz Barnes.