A Met officer has been shortlisted for a National Diversity Award.
PC Ben Forbes, attached to the Met’s Transformation Directorate, is one of eight people from across the country who has been shortlisted for ‘positive role model for race, religion and faith’ by The Diversity Group.
Set up in 2014, the awards celebrate the achievements of those committed to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion – irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.
PC Forbes was nominated for a blog he wrote, ‘A copper’s tale’, in which he shares his personal story of his struggles growing up in inner London through to life as a Trident partnership officer.
PC Forbes is of mixed Caribbean and British heritage, and describes in his blog, his journey from getting in trouble at school, dealing with peer pressure, the declined interactions between his local Met Police Partnership Team and his school to change his behaviour until, finally joining a youth diversionary sports programme that set him upon a more positive path that eventually led to the Met and working as a Trident partnership officer.
As a Trident officer, PC Forbes uses his experiences and mistakes to support young people in making better decisions than he did, as a teenager.
The officer’s blog was first published internally in December 2016, which saw him receive over 5,000 hits and 150 emails from colleagues across the Met. It was then published externally highlighting his story to a wider audience, with many people contacting him via social media.
PC Ben Forbes, said: “I’m incredibly honoured to be nominated, let alone be shortlisted. I’m able to use my story, my journey and my mistakes, to connect and make a real difference to young people and adults across London as a whole.
“We’re all unique, with our own backgrounds and stories to tell. Being nominated shows that no matter what background or community you’re from, each with different challenges, that with determination, passion and drive, you can overcome anything and really make a difference.”
Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, said: “Through self-reflection of his childhood experiences and his clear ability to make the most of the positive support and opportunities that were offered to him, Ben developed the attributes that help to make a good police officer: fair and firm in delivering policing services; showing understanding of the complexity of the lives of young people and being prepared to deliver policing services in a caring and compassionate way.“Ben is a credit to the young generation of police officers helping to keep the people of London safe.”
PC Forbes will find out if he’s won at a ceremony at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on Friday, 8 September.
Read PC Forbes blog here: https://policecommander.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/guest-blog-a-coppers-tale
Source: The Metropolitan Police: http://news.met.police.uk/news/met-officer-shortlisted-for-a-national-diversity-award-258353