Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Police Pick Brains of Region's Youngsters; Teenagers Join Officers at Special Conference

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Police Pick Brains of Region's Youngsters; Teenagers Join Officers at Special Conference

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Byline: By Graeme Whitfield

POLICE rounded up more than 100 North teenagers yesterday - to find out their views about crime and anti-social behaviour.

The event at Gateshead Civic Centre saw officers from around the Northumbria Police force talking to youngsters aged 13 to 19 from Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Around 120 youngsters gave up their Sunday morning to attend the conference, where they discussed issues such as drugs, drink and criminal damage with local policemen.

The event was arranged by Northumbria's community engagement department, with the aim of giving their colleagues a better understanding of young people's views about crime.

Supt Michael Hartnack, Northumbria's head of community engagement, said: "We wanted to get views from young people about how we can work better with their generation.

"We brought a number of police officers and community support officers down so that they could get involved in a frank exchange of views. …

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