‘POLICE YOUTH VOLUNTEERS’ MAY TRAP BENT LOCAL SHOP-KEEPERS

Schoolchildren being sworn in as South Wales Police Youth Volunteers

Schoolchildren being sworn in as South Wales Police Youth Volunteers

It’s emerged  that more than 100 schoolchildren  applied to be enrolled in an innovative new body – the ‘South Wales Police Youth Volunteer Service Scheme’ which may prove to be an election-winning ace for South Wales Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael. 

Over 90 children have took part  in an official “swearing-in” ceremony at Margam Park Orangery last month in which they were all asked to affirm an  “oath of allegiance”  to act in accordance with aims and objectives of the new police body. Attending the ceremony were the current South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael (former Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) and the Assistant Chief Constable, Jon Strafford.

After formally being sworn in all members of the new South Wales Police Youth Volunteer Service Scheme were issued with certificates

After formally being sworn in all members of the new South Wales Police Youth Volunteer Service Scheme were issued with certificates

All the children – all aged between 13 and 18 –  received certificates confirming their membership of the South Wales Police Youth Volunteer Service Scheme – an organisation aimed at getting young people young people involved in community projects and  “fostering relationships with police”. Earlier this year South Wales Police had already recruited 32  young teenagers to add to what it calls its “policing family”  – i.e. the existing complement of police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) , special constables and police backroom staff .

The Youth Volunteers will meet on at least one evening a week for a 2 hour session which  will include  a “parade and inspection”  and are expected to commit 3 hours a month to “community-based volunteer work“. It’s intended that the teenagers will get involved in “fundraising activities and crime prevention initiatives and may also get involved with operational activities such as test-purchase initiatives”  .

In carrying out "Test Purchases" underage children are allowed to lie about their age and carry covert recording equipment.

National guidelines state that in carrying out “Test Purchases” underage children are allowed to lie about their age and carry covert recording equipment.

“Test Purchase Initiatives are operations carried out by under-age children acting as  undercover agents who attempt to purchase alcohol and tobacco from licensed retailers in order to test their observance of the law.

Alun Michael - Labour's South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

Alun Michael – Labour’s South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner is standing for re-election in May

The initiative in setting up the youth volunteer scheme was that of Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael along with South Wales Police senior officers . Commissioner Michael says  “Opportunities for these young people will include First Aid training through St John and the chance to achieve through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – qualifications that often make the difference when seeking a job.”

Assistant Chief Constable Jon Stratford said the force recognised “the value that volunteers bring and that by involving volunteers in a wider range of activities we can better represent and support he communities that we serve.”

Jason Rees, Project Manager for the Scheme in South Wales, says : “The aim of the programme is to capture the enthusiasm and energy of young people and help them develop a sense of good citizenship and leadership, regardless of who they are and what they may have done in the past. Through the scheme, they will be able to channel it all into community based projects, be it charity work, enforcement, or crime prevention activities.”

The expansion of the South Wales Police Youth Volunteer Service Scheme has been notified to the South Wales Police and Crime Panel (the body comprising mostly Labour councillors  which oversees the activities of the Police and Crime Commissioner)  – as part of the Commissioner’s “Police and Crime Reduction Plan 2016-2021″ .

[PDN Note: So-called “Test Purchasing is already carried out in some other police areas in which underage children are paid to attempt to purchase age-restricted items like alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, spray paints, lighter fluid and knives.  Children are authorised to lie about their age, conduct surveillance and carry covert recording equipment ]

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12 Responses to ‘POLICE YOUTH VOLUNTEERS’ MAY TRAP BENT LOCAL SHOP-KEEPERS

  1. I applaud the initiative and want as many youngsters as possible involved, but why has it taken three years for Mr Michael to come up with this. I have advocated more involvement with schools and our youth for a long time. Maybe this has emerged because there is an election coming up?

  2. Martin Coffee says:

    Anyone can carry covert recording equipment. Any restrictions involve what use is made of the recordings.

  3. Andrew sarchus says:

    I’m sure you’re correct Mr Baker. Mr Michael has a number of advantages over you. 1- he’s an experienced cynical politician. 2 He’s in place and so “in the know” Two more reasons we should all resist ANY political appointees. If we must have a commissioner is very important its above politics and the dodgy prospective candidates that represent the various parties. We need honesty and openness free from party whips and huge expense accounts.

  4. snoggerdog says:

    he didnt come up with the idea,the german army thought of it first! are they going to be called the michael youth.

  5. Andrew sarchus says:

    Ha snogger- a ring of truth. So Lindsay Doyle- will you stand? You’ll have to reveal yourself then.

  6. Andrew sarchus says:

    Hmm- so the little spat I’ve been watching has correctly identified you then. Took a beating didn’t you Lindsay. I hope all fair minded people will vote for Mr Baker. We must not have a political appointment.

  7. Lindsay says:

    You’re too dim to even understand a bit of humour Confucius orris. Leave Mr/Ms Doyle alone and direct all your insults at me. I can take it. I put it down to where it comes from.

  8. Andrew sarchus says:

    Sorry who am I talking too? One cant direct insults at a non entity.

    • Lindsay says:

      A breakthrough! Confirmation that Andrew, the extinct one, and Christopher, the surviving dinosaur, are one and the same! Goodness knows how many more. Thanks to the NHS multiple personality disorder is very treatable these days

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