Margate girl, 19, replaces Paris Brown as Kent youth commissioner

PUBLISHED: 11:08 04 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:36 04 March 2014

Kerry Boyd will start as the new Kent Youth Commissioner full-time in April

Kerry Boyd will start as the new Kent Youth Commissioner full-time in April

Kent Police

The new Kent youth commissioner has been announced, filling the position vacated by Paris Brown who resigned last year.

Kerry Boyd, 19, from Margate, will start part-time on Wednesday (5), before taking up the role full-time in April.

The new youth commissioner will take a year out from her degree in education studies and business studies.

Talking about her new position, Miss 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.”

Miss Boyd will work with schools and universities to deliver “education packages” on issues such as knife crime, drugs and how to stay safe at night.

She is said to be a keen Chelsea FC supporter and is also described as an active runner, according to a press release announcing her appointment.

The previous incumbent of the controversial £15,000-a-year role, Paris Brown, resigned last April after posting messages on social networking sites which “offended people”.

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