Revisiting Met-Track's source of inspiration 11 years on
Met-Track Scheme Director and Founder, John Powell MBE, returned this week to the very source of the inspiration that had him devise Met-Track back in 2005 as a then London Police Superintendent.
He met with officers of the Los Angeles Police Department in Downtown LA, who currently champion their Juvenile Impact Programme (JIP) - the scheme that John used as the initial template for Met-Track. Although a very different format to the London project, he emerged from the meting all smiles with several ideas to bring back for potential implementation at home.
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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