Growing up, we felt like the police were there to bully us so whenever we saw them we ran. This obviously made them feel like we had something to hide.
I now work as a sound technician and we have members of the police in our band.
I feel like not enough work is being done to tackle the barriers between the police and young people.
By having fun days and actually learning who your community officers are and understanding that they’re there to safeguard you rather than antagonise you, is very important.
I hope my project makes a positive impact on the way we perceive each other.
I would like to thank Frank Sweeney, youth and community worker for helping me with this Fix. He provided an interview for the ITV News item.
Mary-Anne White and Lucy Wills
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.