The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent has announced that her controversial experiment of employing a young person as a youth commissioner will come to an end - for the time being at least. Ann Barnes made the post a manifesto commitment when she was first elected three years ago - but after two controversial appointments, appears to have decided, it's a trial NOT worth repeating. Her critics and political opponents have accused her of wasting public money. Andrea Thomas looks back on the controversial experiment and speaks to the former Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Craig Mackinlay.
16 year old Paris Brown is the country's first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner. Tom Savvides talks to her, students Abbey Southon and Kyle Sharpe, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.
Sixteen year old Paris Brown from Kent has been unveiled as the first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner. The teenager from Sheerness will work alongside the Police Commissioner representing young people from across the county.
I’m really excited and I can’t wait to start. I’m really pleased that I have been offered this opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting out there to work with young people as soon as I can.
I’m delighted that Paris will be working alongside me to build a bridge between the world of young people and policing. This will be a hands on role and I’ll be relying on Paris to guide my Office on how we can deliver a better service for all young people in the county and tackle youth offending.
The first ever Youth Police and Crime Commissioner has been appointed in Kent.
16-year-old Paris Brown from Sheerness will work alongside the Police Commissioner, Ann Barnes, representing young people from across the county.
Paris was chosen from 164 applicants. She was educated at the Isle of Sheppey Academy and currently works for Swale Borough Council.
She enjoys community related projects and has also been involved in creating a skate park in Sittingbourne with a local skate group.
The Youth Commissioner post will last for a year with a package of £15,000 which will be part funded by Mrs Barnes' salary. Paris is expected to take up the role in the summer.
Three weeks ago she was elected to the £85,000 a year role as Kent's new Police and Crime Commissioner. Today Ann Barnes went on her first public walkabout. Did she impress or was this just a PR exercise? David Johns reports.
VIDEO: Click to join the Commissioner's walkabout.
Kent's New Police Commissioner Ann Barnes is on a walkabout for the first time. She's going on an outreach bus community tour in Folkestone, Ashford and Tenterden.
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Ann Barnes, who is running as an independent for the post of Police and Crime commissioner for Kent, has handed a letter into Number Ten claiming November's elections will be unfair.
She says independent candidates, who don't have the financial backing of a big political party are effectively being discriminated against.
It's because the government have decided no candidates will be entitled to free leaflet mailshots during the campaign - unlike at general election time.
She says the government are being hypocritical when they say they want strong, independent candidates to stand - but then deny them the chance to communicate with all the voters.
The government say a mailshot would be too expensive, and voters can get information from the home office website.