YOU can have your say on how youth offending is being tackled across Hampshire.

The panel which assesses Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Hayes, pictured, will meet to see how well he is tackling youth offending.

And the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel wants the public’s views ahead of its meeting with Mr Hayes on October 3.

One of Mr Hayes’ pledges since becoming PCC has been to cut youth offending in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

And the panel wants feedback from the public on how well the PCC is currently working with partners to reduce the number of youngsters entering the criminal justice system.

They also want residents’ views on what interventions and programmes exist which could be considered part of the priority to cut youth offending and what other best practices exist which should be considered as part of his pledge.

Hampshire Police and Crime Panel chairman and Isle of Wight councillor David Stewart said: “These proactive scrutiny sessions provide the panel with an opportunity to represent the voice and expectations of residents, and relay their feedback to the PCC.

“The PCC is accountable to the public. Any views the public can give us on how effectively he is tackling his priority to improve frontline policing to deter criminals and keep communities safe will play an important part in helping the panel scrutinise and support his work.”

The deadline for feedback is September 18.

Responses can be sent by email to or posted to Katie Benton, scrutiny officer to the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel, Hampshire County Council Corporate Services (Room 102), Elizabeth II Court South, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ.