West Midlands Police get youth perspective on gangs
The impact of gang culture has been spelled out to the police by a group of young people from the West Midlands.
They took part in a special meeting involving West Midlands Police and the West Midlands Police Authority.
It explored how to stop young people becoming involved in gangs, and how to help gang members to leave.
Bishop Derek Webley, from the police authority, said: "These young people genuinely want to work to make our communities safer and better places."
Young people from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Sandwell attended.
They came from the Birmingham Youth Parliament and youth centres across the region.
Temporary Det Supt Jo Chilton, who leads the fight against gang crime for West Midlands Police, said the voices of this age group were "often excluded".
"If we want their support in what we are doing, we need to create opportunities to hear what they are able to tell us."
The meeting took place at the police headquarters in Lloyd House.