MPS Commissioner Gives Met-Track Approval
“The Metropolitan Police Service are proud to be a partner of Met-Track - a project that has been changing the lives of vulnerable young Londoners over many years now.
“Sport is the hidden social worker in our communities and is a hugely powerful medium to engage our young. Met-Track is very effective in achieving just this, contributing toward making London a safer place in which to live and work.”
Cressida Dick CBE QPM
Metropolitan Police Service
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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