Cricket scheme Police officer honoured

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PC Amar Khalil receives national recognition for youth cricket scheme

A POLICE officer from Aston has received national recognition from the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP) for his outstanding commitment to the mentoring of local young people.

PC Amar Khalil, part of the Aston neighbourhood policing team, was recognised due to his work with local youngsters on a number of projects including an inter-school cricket tournament set up to build positive relationships and increase community cohesion.

The cricket tournament was attended by a number of schools in September and proved a real success. Thanks to meticulous planning and hard work, the event helped bring local communities and partner organisations together.

PC Khalil and police community support officers from the Aston neighbourhood policing team visited all of the participating schools and provided basic cricket coaching while also teaching youngsters about respect, personal safety and the need to steer clear of crime.

By working so closely with local youngsters on a regular basis, officers were able to build positive relationships that will hopefully continue to be built on as the youngsters reach adulthood.

PC Khalil was highly commended for his role in setting up the tournament and this was recognised at the national awards ceremony that took place in London at the end of October.

NAMP President Zaheer Ahmad MBE, said: “These are ordinary people doing inspirational work – not just in the police service but also in our communities.”

PC Khalil, said: “I am extremely proud to have received this recognition from the NAMP and hope to continue building positive relationships with young people across Aston.

“By setting up events such as this, we are able to gain the trust of young people at a young age and point them in the direction of a crime free lifestyle.”

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