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Work with young people ‘excellent’, says Commissioner

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright, has said that his pledge to work with young people is progressing well, highlighting recent and future achievements and initiatives.

The Commissioner has congratulated Youth Offending Services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough following glowing reports by HMI Probation. In Peterborough, staff within the Youth Offending Service were commended as ‘excellent motivators’ for children and young people. The report stated that work to protect them and reduce vulnerability was good. In Cambridgeshire, the report highlighted the ‘enthusiastic, committed and supportive staff team who were working well with children and young people to reduce likelihood of reoffending, address their diverse needs and promote effective engagement and compliance with their orders’.

Sir Graham said: “I would like to congratulate Youth Offending Team staff. There is some excellent work happening in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the HMI reports are very encouraging. I am committed to supporting work with young people to divert them away from a life of crime and it is clear that the organisations I am funding share that vision and are delivering exactly what I expect. We are progressing very well in this respect.”

The Commissioner has also already begun paving the way to introduce a pilot police cadets scheme and will be awarding the first grants to Youth Fund recipients in the coming weeks.

“I will be awarding money from my Youth Fund in the coming weeks for projects that concentrate on providing young people with positive activities to help keep them on the right track. I will also be introducing a pilot police cadet scheme later this year, run from my office, so there are lots of exciting developments in the pipeline to support this area of work.”