A POLICE officer has won backing which will enable him to travel to America and see how they treat young criminals.
PC Mark Walsh has been awarded a Travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to study how authorities in the USA respond effectively to the issue of young criminals and their behaviour by using peer courts.
This model involves young people from the community taking responsibility for influencing decisions made in court about certain types of offenders among their own age group.
PC Walsh, who is currently seconded to the South-East Hampshire Youth Offending Team at Fareham, will have the opportunity to visit America for research later this year.
His analysis will assess how this American approach can be adapted and adopted for a pilot project in Hampshire.
He said: ‘I was delighted to hear this tremendous news from the Trust.
‘I’ve immersed myself in learning and understanding more about inventive and inclusive ways of tackling youth offending and its root causes. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me so far.’
He is likely to spend six weeks working alongside officers in Los Angeles.