Matt’s new positive image of police

September 25 2014

A TEENAGER from Orchard School has changed his views on the police, after accompanying officers on a shift.

A TEENAGER from Orchard School has changed his views on the police, after accompanying officers on a shift.
Matt Speight was making a film about his life when Sergeant Chris Green from Trinity Road police station approached him for a chat.
Sgt Green said: “I spotted Matt outside Trinity Road and was interested to find out what he was filming. We got chatting and it turned out that Matt had had some negative experiences with the police, which had given him a poor view of what we do and what we’re about.
“I wanted Matt to see for himself that there is so much more to policing than what he had experienced, so I invited him out to join me on a shift."
Matt said: “Before I went out with Sgt Green, I had a pretty low opinion of the police. I’d been stopped and searched a couple of times whilst hanging out with friends in St Pauls and Easton and had felt unfairly targeted because I’m mixed race.
“On the shift, I got to see the variety of incidents that they have to respond to. One incident I could relate to what the victim was feeling and I got to see how the police can and do deal sensitively with people my age.
“I would consider a career in the police now when I’m older. I’ve seen that not all officers are bad and I like the fact that there are neighbourhood teams separate to the response teams, whose job it is to get to know their communities and in particular the young people in these communities. Building these links is something I’d like to be involved with.”

Matt Speight with sergeant Green