Young people from across Cheshire had the chance to share their views with police chiefs and politicians at an event this week.

Cheshire Youth Commission held its annual Big Conversation conference at police HQ, where it presented its report detailing how Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer, Cheshire Police and their partners can improve engagement with young people across the county.

The Youth Commission is made up of volunteers aged 14-25 who support, challenge and inform the work of the police and crime commissioner and Cheshire Police.

Over the past 12 months, the Youth Commission has carried out a consultation gathering more than 1,400 responses from young people across the county. The responses highlight opinions, thoughts and feelings on how the police interact with young people and how to amplify their voices in policing.

The Youth Commission took the consultation’s findings and developed them into four key priority areas with recommendations on how policing could improve: hate crimes, community safety, online safety and relationships with the police.

The commissioner and Deputy Chief Constable Chris Armitt were amongst delegates listening to the recommendations highlighted by the Youth Commission.

Mr Dwyer said: "Under 25s represent almost a quarter of the population, so it’s only right they have a voice in policing and it’s important that voice is listened to. I would like to thank the Youth Commission for delivering their findings and welcome their recommendations, which I look forward to working with them on.

"I want to thank the Youth Commission for all of their work to make Cheshire even safer. It is greatly appreciated."

Deputy Chief Constable Armitt, added: "We were delighted to host the Cheshire Youth Commission’s annual conference at headquarters last night. It is a great opportunity for Cheshire Police to engage and build relationships with the young people of the county."