HAMPSHIRE crime bosses are offering young people the chance to have their voice heard on policing.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, pictured, is appealing for volunteers to help give young people a voice on crime and policing issues that matter most.

The commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is recruiting new members for the Youth Commission.

Members of the group help to identify issues that young people are most concerned by, and gather opinions on how to tackle the issues.

Mr Lane said: “The commission gives young people an opportunity to have an independent and strong voice on societal issues that affect them.

“It works so well because it is about young people talking to, and hearing the voices of, other young people.

“It is important to me that we listen and take on board the views of young people because it is very much about their future.”

Volunteers for the programme can be aged anywhere between 14 and 25 years old.

One 18-year-old member from Fareham, said: “The commission has given me the opportunity to take the things young people may not be a fan of and work to actually change them.“We have been able to talk to and represent young people – listen to their valuable insight into their everyday problems, and directly inform professionals who often make the decision on our behalf.”

Applications can be filled in through www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/youth-commission.

The deadline is November 3.