The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is inviting young people to attend an event to discuss issues related to policing, the complaints system and their personal experiences.
The event on Saturday 28 March is being held at the Osmani Centre, Whitechapel and will include a series of interactive workshops and presentations.
The IOPC is organising the event for 16-25 year-olds (or those who work with this age group across London) as part of efforts to increase awareness of the police complaints system amongst young people from a BME background.
Existing evidence and IOPC reports demonstrate that young people, and particularly people from BME communities, have low awareness of the complaints system and have a lack of confidence in it.
Attendees will also discuss topics like stop and search and unconscious bias, which are designed to improve knowledge of rights and help increase positive outcomes from day to day interactions with police officers.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided and we can help with transport costs to support people in attending.
Earlier in the week nearly 100 school children aged 11-14 will attend a similar event being held in west London. That event is fully subscribed.
Interim Regional Director for London Sal Naseem, said:
“These events are a brilliant opportunity for young people to talk to us about their experiences of policing and their understanding of the complaints system. Through our work with our Youth Panel we have already began to make changes to how we work, but these events and others we are hosting around the country will provide further insight and give young people, who have told us they often feel powerless in the face of authority, the chance to be heard and make a difference.”
Anyone who represents a group who would be interested in attending the event on Saturday 28 March can contact the IOPC Stakeholder engagement team via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or can register their interest here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-independent-office-for-police-conduct-29389998893
You can read more about the work of the IOPC Youth Panel, including the report they produced for us based on their engagement sessions with more than 800 young people across England and Wales here: https://policeconduct.gov.uk/investigations/our-youth-panel.
The IOPC is an independent organisation which oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales. We investigate the most serious matters including deaths following police contact, set the standards by which the police should handle complaints and use learning from their work to influence changes in policing.