New Youth Commissioner appointed

Kerry Boyd, from Margate, has been appointed as the new Youth Commissioner.

Kerry, aged 19, will start part-time as of the 5th March 2014, taking up the role full-time as of the beginning of April.

The new Youth Commissioner will be taking a gap year from her degree in Education Studies and Business Studies to commence the role.

In her spare time she is an active runner and a keen supporter of Chelsea FC. She also enjoys driving, music and was a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer.

The role will be a vital link between policing and young people with the job involving educating and deterring young people from committing crime, and promoting keeping safe online.

Kerry will also work with Primary and Secondary Schools, as well as Colleges and Universities to deliver educational packages on wider issues such as knife crime, drugs, how to stay safe, as well as finding out policing priorities.

Talking about her new role, Kerry Boyd said: ‘I’m very pleased indeed that I’ve got the job – it was a role that was calling out to me. For me this is about giving young people a voice in society and finding out what the younger generation want from the police and wider agencies. Like the Commissioner I will always be out and about in local communities. ’

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, said: ‘Kerry really stood out for me as a strong minded young lady who has a hunger to make a difference. I’m confident that Kerry has lots of exciting ideas to make sure that young people are involved in future policing. I’d like to congratulate Kerry on securing the role and look forward to working with her.’

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