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EVENT CANCELLED: CJRC hosts latest COMPASS meeting between PCC and Chief Constable


The Crime and Justice Centre is delighted to host the latest COMPASS meeting between the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and Isle of Wight and the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary.

The event will be filmed and edited by Winchester Journalism students and will be available online.

Here is the official press release from the Commissioner’s office – which includes contact details for anyone who would like to attend:


Commissioner Simon Hayes to hold COMPASS meeting on
Young People, Crime and the Police

On Tuesday 14th October at 6pm,  Simon Hayes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and Isle of Wight, will hold his Commissioner’s Performance, Accountability, Scrutiny and Strategy (COMPASS) meeting on ‘Young People, Crime and the Police’ at Winchester University’s King Alfred Campus.

The Commissioner regularly holds the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary to account on behalf of the public and the COMPASS meetings are the most public example of this aspect of his role.  At this COMPASS, Simon Hayes will be asking the Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, what Hampshire Constabulary’s strategy is for engaging effectively with young people, to prevent them from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime and improve outcomes for them if they become involved in criminal activities.


Earlier this year, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission held the Big Conversation with thousands of young people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to hear their views on what could be done to ensure young people stay on the right side of the law. Throughout the Big Conversation, young people highlighted the reluctance to report abuse as a major issue due to a lack of confidence in the police and other agencies to respond effectively.  Through this COMPASS, the Commissioner is keen to explore how the Constabulary plans to respond to the following recommendations from the Youth Commission:

  • Collaborate with young people to help the police to communicate and engage more effectively
  • Create “opt in” training for police officers wanting to develop their skills in youth engagement
  • Do more to highlight the positive work done by young people and the police force to improve relations between the two groups.

Simon Hayes comments, “Young people are our future and we all have a responsibility to keep them safe and to help them to recognise their rights and responsibilities so they can make the right decisions.

“Young people have such valuable insights to offer regarding their experiences of crime, both as victims and perpetrators. I am looking forward to challenging the Chief Constable to consider the behaviours, attitudes and culture of the police, and encouraging the Constabulary to take a proactive approach to developing good relations between young people and the police.”

The meeting is open to members of the public to attend, and includes a question and answer session. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Anyone wishing to attend, or submit  a question, is asked to register their interest with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) by midday on Friday 10th October, by contacting 01962 871595 or opcc@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.  Members of the public unable to attend the meeting are welcome to submit their questions for the Chief Constable directly to the OPCC by 10th October. In order to be considered by the Commissioner, questions must:

  • be related to young people, crime and the police
  • not discuss specific or individual cases or investigations
  • must relate to the policing responsibilities of Hampshire Constabulary

The meeting will be filmed and available to view at www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk by Friday 17th October.


To keep up to date with the developments around the COMPASS meetings, members of the public are encouraged to sign up to the Commissioner’s monthly bulletin via the My Settings tab on the Commissioner’s website www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk, follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HantsPCC, or find the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire on Facebook.


Notes to editors:
For more information please contact Hilary Mould-Ryan 01962 871 595 or email hilary.mould-ryan@hampshire.pnn.police.uk