YOUNG people from across County Durham and Darlington will benefit from funding to support projects aimed at reducing crime, allocated by the Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner.

17 year old Libby Wright from Stanley took on the duties of Ron Hogg, the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, as part of Takeover Challenge.

Libby was elected by her fellow Police Cadet and she chaired a committee meeting of Police Cadets and Mini Police at Darlington Town Hall. The committee agreed to fund the following projects:

– a website for schools, to help teachers plan lessons on topics such as road safety, internet safety and reducing crime

– a project to enable young people to be involved in a samba band, giving young people confidence and a stake in society

– Seven fun sessions involving motorbike activities, such as graphic design for motorbikes and looking after motorbikes. The sessions will be aimed at young people who have been in trouble

– a series of projects for disabled teenagers, looking at topics such as alcohol, drugs, bullying, hate crime

– youth club sessions to help young people learn to be safe when using the internet

Libby said: “I’m pleased the Committee has funded projects which will make a real difference to people’s lives. I really want to give young people a voice during my time as Young PCVC and I will continue to ask how the Police, and other service providers, are prioritising the things young people feel strongly about”

During her Takeover Challenge Day, Libby also spent time with the Police and Crime Panel and met the Chief Constable.