Hope in Haringey’s Police Engagement Programme successfully connected PRAP delivery partner, Elevated Minds with Park View School. This connection means the opinions of Tottenham’s youth will be reflected in the upcoming London Race Action Plan and assist in the Met’s ambition to be free of “discrimination, racism or bias”.

By Omar Alleyne-Lawler, Communications and Police Engagement Manager.

The Police Race Action Plan is a national project being delivered across every police force in England and Wales that seeks to improve trust and confidence in policing among Black communities. For London boroughs, the Met is looking to gather and use the opinions of local people to implement its specific ‘London Race Action Plan’.

Elevated Minds work with young people from Black heritage backgrounds to talk with young people about race and policing.

Working with delivery partners across the borough, the Met has been seeking the opinions of young people to make its Race Action Plan representative of London’s people. However, a challenge of the project has been in reaching young people, gathering their thoughts and seeing their perspectives reflected in this new initiative.

Students between Years 7 and 9 were given the chance to share their views on the Met’s plan to build trust and confidence in the Police in London.

Recognising that schools are key in reaching young people, Hope in Haringey brokered the entry of LRAP delivery partner, Elevated Minds to Park View School. In a three-hour session that included students from Year 7,8 &9; young people could review the LRAP, share their experiences of Met Policing and their hopes for future police engagements.

Hope in Haringey would like to thank the efforts made by Park View Schools’ Senior Leadership Team to facilitate this request and to Elevated Minds for working with Park View’s students to see them represented in the upcoming LRAP.