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On 7.2.2011 CO19 visited the Kickz Project at Newman College, Harlesden to talk to children attending the project about the dangers of being involved in Gun Crime, and the consequences of their actions.

Kickz is a project funded by the MPS, Government, and local football clubs - in this case QPR, where local young people can play football after school, under the supervision of professional coaches, who could be spotting the next Steven Gerrard. Local SNTs are involved too, and engage with youths, building a rapport with them with the aim to steer them away from crime. There has been a significant reduction in ASB where the project has been running, giving youngsters a clear alternative to crime.

PC Ajay Saluja from Kensal Green SNT said: “Brent is a Trident Borough and it's great that the Kickz Project allows the Police to talk to potential young victims of crime, and inform them of what has happened elsewhere in the capital. This is a new way of being proactive, and I know the attendees were enlightened, and will think about their choices in the future. We are all committed to reducing Gun Crime, and this is part of our tactics to do just that."

PC Vicki Farrington from CO19 Operation Makepace said: "It's always good to speak to young people about what is happening around them. CO19 are often involved in the aftermath of these unfortunate incidents, and this is my OCU's way of educating and informing young people about the dangers they face - before they face them."

Matt Lock from QPR Kickz Project said: "It's great to see the Police interacting with the kids in this way and making it clear what choices the kids have. After watching the input from Vicky, I am sure this will make them think long and hard about committing violent crime and getting involved with gangs."

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