Met-Track Participants Meet the Met's Finest
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre played host to members of the Metropolitan Police Territorial Support Group on Tuesday (17th January), as they introduced local young people to the sharp end of policing London.
A squad of Met-Track hopefuls who train there under the tutelage of Scheme Director and coach John Powell, alongside his Trackspeed1-UK athletics squad, were treated to an up-close look at how London’s police deal with some of the most dangerous situations they can face.
The average cost of detaining a youth offender in custody for a year is £100,000 and frequently more. Hence, if Met-Track schemes prevent ONE youth offender from being detained, the potential saving to the taxpayer is £2milion/year based on 20 schemes in London. We believe this figure is significantly higher!
Why? Founded in 2005, Met-Track has become one of the most successful youth diversion schemes in London. Over 90% of the young people who engaged with the project for over a month did not offend or reoffend*. The scheme works with major partners, including the Metropolitan Police Service and youth/education professionals, to ensure its operation is intelligence-led and targets those young Londoners most likely to benefit. *Source: (annual evaluation 09/2015).
With our generous grant from the BIG Lottery Fund destined to run out in summer 2016, Met-Track will close after eleven years of serving London unless additional funds are found to support longer term sustainable future for the project.
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