Metropolitan Police praised for ‘reaching out’ to teenagers

PUBLISHED: 06:50 08 November 2016

The Met officers who set up the

The Met officers who set up the "Girls Allowed" event

Met Police

An event to build positive relationships between the police and girls from different faith groups was held last week.

More than 300 young women, aged between 14 and 25, attended the “Girls Allowed” event last Thursday, including residents from Redbridge.

Speakers from charities, domestic violence shelters and the police cadets encouraged the young women to speak out about issues affecting their lives.

Organiser Det Ch Insp Shabnam Chaudhri said: “This was a great opportunity for the women and girls to take back their positive experiences.

“It is hoped they will speak to friends and family about the messages they have heard today and the importance of engaging with police to offer reassurance and to help keep their communities safe.”

Redbridge police cadets showed a short film to raise awareness among young people about knife crime, following the stabbing of 16-year-old Charlie Kutyauripo outside a birthday party in Woodford Bridge in January.

Abida Iqbal, chairman of the Redbridge Disabled Women’s Welfare Association, praised the event.

She said: “It’s a good thing that the Met Police are reaching out to young women of different communities.

“I think the reason why some young women don’t always feel confident enough to approach the police with their problems might be because they feel the problems might get resolved first within the family and community. To go to the police would be a second option.

“Ensuring the police are approachable and understanding with the inner workings of the community would be a big step forward.

“We are lucky enough to live in such a wide multicultural society and knowing and understanding [everyone] is a crucial key to opening all barriers.”

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