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Posted on: 28 February 2020

Mimi Selected for Police & Crime Youth Commission

Year 9 student Mimi Millerchip was encouraged to apply to be on the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission, and she attended a group trial/interview last summer and was accepted. The Youth Commission gets together monthly at weekends at the Youth Commission office in Winchester. There are 30 members and around 10 on each sub group. On 14 February, Mimi and other Youth Commission members had an amazing opportunity to go and visit the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) office in Eastleigh, meeting the Chief Crown Prosecutor and one of the Senior Crown Prosecutors who explained their roles, and shared recent cases around serious violence and their outcomes. The YC members looked through the evidence and expressed their opinions about the case, getting a better understanding of the amount of work needed to ensure all possible evidence is gathered to make the correct decision about charging. Mimi opted to go on an Exploitation sub group and they had training on serious violence and exploitation prior to creating campaigns to raise awareness and try and tackle the issue. Mimi now wants to promote the Big Conversation initiative and will be encouraging students to complete the online survey - - which asked them which issues are most important to them – exploitation, hate crime, serious violence. She said, “We want to hear what young people want via the survey. Previously we’ve listened and have created campaigns such as Raise a Flag for unhealthy relationships, which went on to win several awards.”