FSB students praised for knife crime debate at New Scotland Yard

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By Kunal Chan Mehta

FSB students inside Scotland Yard with Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons. Photo: FSB

A group of FSB students were praised for taking part in a knife crime crisis interview with Mark Simmons, Met Police Assistant Commissioner for Frontline Policing, on 07 November 2019.

The students were given an outstanding opportunity to take part in the event at New Scotland Yard focusing on asking the Assistant Commissioner a series of thought-intensive questions about knife crime issues and concerns.

See the recording of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifu4WpOLBP0

Commenting on the event, Tina Kistow, FSB’s SU Coordinator, said: ‘It was an immense privilege for us all to be invited to New Scotland Yard to question AC Mark Simmons – a leading authority – on the crises, challenges and concerns surrounding knife crime. We look forward to working closely with Scotland Yard in addition to the civic work that we are currently doing.’

Mr Syed Zaidi, FSB’s CEO, added: ‘We are extremely proud of our students who have energetically put forward thought-provoking knife crime questions to the Assistant Commissioner. They have conducted themselves in a very sophisticated and diplomatic manner. I look forward to the forthcoming knife crime work from our students – many who are already active in knife crime events with The Mayor of Croydon and various charities. I thank Kunal Chan Mehta for organising this bespoke event in light of his former employment with the Met Police, Prison and Probation services.’

Baxter Ways with AC Mark Simmons discussing Met Police careers

Cristina Badea with AC Mark Simmons discussing causes of knife crime

Bianka Voros questions AC Mark Simmons about his 37-year career with the Met Police

Laila Boughajdim outlines her own ideas about the importance of police numbers with AC Mark Simmons

Shantal Moses and AC Mark Simmons discuss knife crime initiatives

Vivian Chishimba with AC Mark Simmons praising the scoping work of the Met Police

SU Coordinator Tina Kistow and AC Mark Simmons

Sharna Green (L) and Fransoy Hewitt (R) ask AC Mark Simmons questions on the disturbing misconceptions of those who believe carrying a knife to be a good idea

Eszter Noemi Kiraly (L) and Agnes Gilbert (R) thank AC Mark Simmons for taking their knife crime questions

Patrick Unsby on camera

Further information:

Tackling knife crime is a priority for the Met. Whether you want to find out how you can help yourself, your friends or family you can find practical help and advice here: https://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime

If you or someone you know has information that may help prevent a violent crime, or help an investigation, but are not comfortable speaking directly to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name or trace your call.

Anyone who has information about violence or knife crime can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity and is also independent of the police.

If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk

Please email the author of this article kunal.mehta@fairfield.ac for any questions or comments or to find out more about participating in similar interviews.

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  • Tina Kistow

    Indeed a highly educative and informative event on knife crime at the New Scotland Yard with AC Mark Simmons. A proud moment for us all. Thank you so much Kunal for setting this up.

  • Doncho

    nice article!

  • Dawud

    well done everyone. This is very important event and debate and you guys are really professional here. I am supporting you all the way and wish you help more people understand the dangers of carrying a knife.

  • Gilbert

    Well done. Amazing video and well made and really powerful messages

  • Cristina B

    At Scotland Yard we – as FSB students – had the privilege with the remarkable A.C. Mark Simmons to debate knife crime.We are delighted and grateful to all #FSBfamily for this collaboration also a big thank you to Mr. Kunal Chan Mehta for giving us the golden opportunity in our future prospect careers. FSB student union and myself will work hard to deliberate on knife crime campaigns.

  • Baxter Ways

    A very useful and informative event, thanks to Scotland Yard for giving us this opportunity to discuss knife crime issues and ways to prevent it within our society.

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