MPS launches new youth magazine

31 March 2010

Female Officer engaging with local young people

Copies of 'The Beat', the Met's first ever magazine for young people, are being sent to kids across London to give them advice on how to keep safe.

The Beat will cover problems such as gangs, drugs and weapons, and gives young people crime prevention advice, as well as showing them how to get more involved in keeping their communities safe. Over 100,000 copies are being sent to state schools in London, reaching nearly every year six pupil (10 & 11 year olds) in the capital as they head towards secondary school - a time of significant transition in their lives.

"We hope The Beat will be a fun, but useful guide for 11 year olds as they near the end of the time at primary school."

The Beat will have regular sections and features on the issues affecting young people in today's London. It also has its very own agony uncle: Michel, a member of the Met's Volunteer Police Cadets, who will be able to help out with reader's crime and safety concerns.

The first edition reports on how the Met's Marine Police Unit patrols the River Thames and other waterways in London; introduces readers to Safer Neighbourhoods teams, and has special features on bullying; how and why we do stop and search, and explains how young people can get more involved in working with us for a safer London. Readers will also get the chance to visit New Scotland Yard and meet the Commissioner.

Welcoming 'The Beat', Sir Paul, while freely admitting not knowing all of the celebrities featured inside, recognises the importance in speaking and listening to young people and then acting on their concerns so they feel safe. Writing in the publication, Sir Paul says: "?we need to spend more time talking to you and finding out what you want from your local police. Although it has been a while since I was in my teens I think the same good advice applies - if someone is making you feel unsafe, tell someone responsible."

Detective Supt Alaric Bonthron, from the Met's Communities Together Strategic Engagement team, who led on the project, said: "We hope The Beat will be a fun, but useful guide for 11 year olds as they near the end of the time at primary school. With Easter and Summer holidays coming up more and more young people will be out and about. We hope The Beat gives them some practical advice and tips on how to keep safe.

"After the Summer they will be making the big step into secondary school. For many of them this will involve their first time travelling alone to and from school. While London remains one of the safest cities in the world, many youngsters are naturally apprehensive around this time. The Beat is just one way to let them know the police are here if they need help."

The Beat magazine (PDF)