East Area police has a fantastic relationship with its local community and this will be demonstrated once again today when a team of local police officers will play at a six a side football tournament at Future Youth Zone in Barking.
Future Youth Zone is a youth charity based in Barking and Dagenham. In Barking and Dagenham 50% of young people are living in poverty and facing multiple other disadvantages such as high unemployment and high youth crime rates. The impact of COVID-19 has only exacerbated that. Young people risk being among the biggest victims of the pandemic, if left without support.
Today, Thursday 24th June, Future Youth Zone welcomes the Barking and Dagenham Police for a 6 a side Football comprising of 4 teams of young people, staff and local Police officers. Future Youth Zone works very closely with the police to ensure that all young people are kept safe. This tournament gives young people a chance to meet their local officers and positively build relationships with them. They can find out more about the individuals behind the uniform and hear about everything from policing, and careers to what the job really entails.
“This is a highly contested event filled with healthy competition, relationship building and promises to be great fun! Future takes a collaborative approach to working with local partners. The police are one of those community partners we work very closely with to ensure young people have the best opportunities and are in safe hands.” said Steve Anderton, acting Head of Youth Work
“This is a great opportunity to give young people a positive experience with officers whose job is to help make their local community a safer place. The Youth Zone continues to give young people access to a variety of interesting activities in a safe and friendly environment. We are really proud to work so closely with the team at Future” said Anoushka Dunic, East Area Gangs Unit Engagement Officer