The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police has repeated his concerns that young people were being alienated as he called on councils to consider how much youth facilities they provide.
Mr Paul Scott-Lee urged politicians on the West Midlands Police Authority to "convey the feeling of the public" that young people do not have enough youth clubs or other facilities to keep them off the streets.
He said the authority should spark a debate within local councils over whether they have done enough to cater for the needs of the young.
Mr Scott-Lee has previously spoken out about the threat of young people becoming disengaged from the rest of the population. Two years ago he said one of the biggest issues facing society was different age groups misunderstanding one another.
He also raised concerns that the general public had objected to young people for "simply existing". The Chief Constable spoke yesterday as authority members discussed the findings of a survey which showed that most people believed the lack of facilities for young people was a more important social issue than crime.
He said: "I think we have a wonderful opportunity for the police authority to take the debate back into the local authorities that – while we recognise we live in a world with unlimited demand on limited resources – where appropriate, help should be given to the provision of youth facilities.
"If there is one thing that the police authority can take forward, it is this. I do not think it is for the police to decide how much is enough youth provision.
"The local authorities may say they have done enough, but the police authority is in a unique position to convey the feeling of the public that there is not enough out there for our young – and what we are talking about is not on a lower level, it also impacts on the higher level."