Met vows to improve relations with young people

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has pledged to improve its relationship with young people, following its review into last summer's riots.

Its report, 4 Days in August, admits its current methods of engaging with the community need to be overhauled to ensure they better involve young people.

The report states: "Independent members of the community who are willing to give up their time and offer advice to the police are vital to the modern MPS. But the current MPS model for community engagement and generating independent advice is inconsistent and sometimes not transparent.

"The MPS is fundamentally reviewing the structure and process of its community engagement model. It is looking at its effectiveness in penetrating communities and reaching key groups, including young people."

The MPS has also pledged to review its list of important community contacts, which it refers to as key individual networks. The service wants to extend its scope and ensure it includes more young people on the list.

Key individual networks were used in Haringey and other areas of the capital during the disturbances, but the review document says that the Met "did not gain an understanding of the mood in communities and did not form an accurate community intelligence picture".

"If they continue to be the engagement mechanism, the membership needs to be wider, particularly to include young people," it adds.

The review has also acknowledged the MPS’s stop-and-search policy needs to be overhauled to ensure officers improve the way they deal with young people.

Young black and Asian men felt "it was not always carried out with appropriate respect," findings show.

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