A SURVEY to capture the attitudes and experiences of children and young people of policing has been launched in Sussex.
The confidential online five-minute survey for 11 to 25-year-olds will run throughout the summer.
It will be used to shape the service provided to children and young people by police throughout the county.
Chief Inspector Laurence Taylor said, “The purpose of the survey is to give young people and children the opportunity to share their experience and opinions of the police in their area, good or bad, in confidence and to suggest what improvements could be made.
“We know the perception of police by young people will significantly influence their attitude towards us, which in turn will affect whether or not they would report offences in the future or step forward as witnesses.
“The survey will allow us to better identify their needs and improve the service they receive from Sussex Police.
“As a Force it is important we listen to young people and improve how we communicate with them, whether that be face to face in the community or online.”
Officers from across the Force have been using Twitter and Facebook to spread the word of the survey launch, including the LGBT community liaison officers in Brighton and Hove, to reach out to as many 11 to 25-year-olds as possible.
Chf Insp Taylor said, “Neighbourhood officers have been in touch with schools, colleges and universities, as well as youth offender groups, Scouts and Girl Guides, young carers and Gypsy and Traveller groups.
“We have been liaising with partners to offer support to young people who may not have access to the internet and who may need additional support completing the survey.
“The survey is one of many initiatives currently underway to better understand and communicate with children and young people.
“The results of the survey will be published on the Children and Young People’s website for Sussex Police in the Autumn, which is currently being developed in consultation with a variety of youth groups.”
If you are 11 to 25 and want to have your voice heard about policing in Sussex, complete the short survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sussexpoliceCYPsurvey