PCC Ann Barnes reveals 26 applicants to replace Paris Brown
09:33 25 April 2013
Police commissioner asked the public to forgive and move on
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes revealed to public that she has already received 26 applications from youngsters looking to be the next youth commissioner.
Speaking during a question and answer session at the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham on Wednesday, April 24, Mrs Barnes confirmed that her team had learned from the mistakes in the past and will be looking to replace former youth commissioner Paris Brown.
She said: “I have had a set back, I have taken responsibility for that. I am always there to take responisbility. I think you will all agree I have been out there and I faced it and I am going to move forward from it.
“I am going to appoint a youth commissioner. I am going to leave it a little bit, but we have already had 26 applicants. We have had young people writing to us and phoning us up telling us that it is a good idea.”
Mrs Barnes also asked the public to forgive Miss Brown, from Sheppey, and to look forward to a new youth commissioner.
She added: “We have to learn lessons in life and we have to move on from them.
“I think Paris would have been a really good ambassador for us. She was interviewed by very experienced people and they all liked her, she was a very mature young lady.
“But she has learned from this and we can’t keep on poking the singer. You have got to forgive. What she said was absolutely awful but she has repented for that. She would have been really good but we all make mistakes and we have to move on from it.
“So I’m looking for somebody special. We have the 26 already and I am sure there is somebody out there for this job.”
Paris Brown left her post as Kent Youth Police and Crime Commissioner after a string of messages from the teenager’s Twitter account were revealed to be racist and homophobic.