The main aim of the day was to engage with young people from different post codes and break down barriers between the young people and the Met Police. Six teams from three boroughs took part in the competition, as well as two Met police teams; Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and Territorial Support Group (TSG) who both participated in the tournament, increasing interaction with the young people.
The workshop was an interactive ‘scenario based’ activity delivered by Fearless Across London – the youth branch of Crimestoppers UK. The key message from the workshop was to encourage making good decisions, who you mix with, recognising your potential, staying legal and the consequences of bad decisions.
Director of Football, Martin Ling, attended the tournament and had nothing but praise for the day: “I thought it was a great event and a fantastic initiative from the Trust and the Met Police. I saw some good quality football being played, in the spirit it should be.”
The interactive activity was a great way of giving examples of what the young people would do in real life situations. The workshop also raised awareness about the anonymous reporting platform service that Fearless make available, providing a safe place to report crime, 100% anonymously. The platform aims to change the mindset of young people being labelled a ‘snitch’.
During one of the activities, one young person said “I wouldn’t say anything because I don’t want be called a snitch and have others target me for snitching,” in response to what he would do if they saw someone carrying a knife to school.
When he was made aware of the anonymous platform, his views changed: “I didn’t know that, yeah I would then report it as no one would know.”