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WINDRUSH 2022 – featuring Tony Wallace, co-founder Father

Paying tribute to the Windrush generation-Tony Wallace shares heartfelt views about a generation of people.

Between 1984 and 1970 nearly half a million people from the Caribbean landed on the British shores to start a new life here.Due to the severe labour shortages following the Second World War, Britain looked to the West Indies to help them fill the many employment gaps the country was facing.

As a result, many members of the Caribbean communities took the chance to start a new life across the water and leave their home behind. Now commonly known as the Windrush generation, they have made a huge impact on our society and should be remembered and rightly respected for their contributions to British society and history.

Tony Wallace, father of Michael Wallace shares his thoughts today in a very moving video looking at the hardships the Windrush generation suffered. Tony’s son Michael is the one of the Kick Off@3 founders who is an amazing community champion who has dedicated his life to helping our youngsters the best way he can. He is also a serving police officer who has just been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his fantastic dedication to helping communities and being a real community hero.

Michael and his father Tony are a real inspiration and it is important for us to pay them and the Windrush generation the right respects.

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Met officers and staff recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Eight serving and former Met officers and staff have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their achievements and long service in policing.

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The recipients are:

Paula Cooper, Police Constable – British Empire Medal (BEM)

Susan Hill, Specialist Operations training unit manager – British Empire Medal (BEM)

Varsha Mistry, Forensic Practitioner Manager – British Empire Medal (BEM)

Tim Gray, former Detective Superintendent – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)

Police Constable James McAllister – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)

Police Constable Michael Wallace – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)

Co-Founder of Kickoff@3

Vicky Washington, former Detective Superintendent – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)

Marc O’Shea, Detective Sergeant – Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)

Acting Commissioner Sir Stephen House, said: “I am delighted that so many Metropolitan police officers and police staff have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the Birthday Honours. They should be very proud of their dedicated service, wonderful achievements, and the positive impact they have had in so many different ways in keeping London and its communities safe.”

PC Paula Cooper has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for enthusiastically supporting and developing over 3,700 volunteer police cadets (VPC) across London since 2015. She has ensured that the VPC benefits from as wide a range of experiences and opportunities as possible, and her drive and determination has led to 43% of the VPC being from under-represented communities and 49% being female, creating a truly diverse organisation. Her personal investment of hours, work and commitment has enabled the VPC to flourish.

She said: “I am really honoured to be receiving this award. I actually didn’t believe it initially and I’m really lucky to do a job that I’m really passionate about and really makes a difference to young people. The cadets is such a great programme allowing young people to get an insight and understanding of policing and gain valuable life experience”.

Varsha Mistry immersed herself in her role within forensics when she joined the Met in 1983, and has spent her service driving diversity, inclusion and engagement within her community and the MPS through her influential role with the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association (MPHA). She was the first Indian woman to achieve MPS Fingerprint Expert status and has examined crime scenes for serious crime, murder and counter-terrorism.

Varsha has been instrumental in leading inclusion and diversity in police recruitment, developed crime prevention initiatives, improved community engagement and launched fundraising projects, as well as organising over 200 local, national and international events. The community, officers and staff benefit from her enhancing a sense of belonging, drawing on gems of Hindu wisdom in striving for gender parity, building confidence and encouraging progression, while inspiring others through presentations and networking. She instils pride and is a visible positive role model. The MPHA and the MPS have grown together, striving to seek out a more inclusive and cohesive relationship with hard to reach communities, none of which would be possible without Varsha’s hard work and dedication.

She said: “I’m incredibly humbled by the proposers of this most kind nomination. This recognition comes as a truly overwhelming and unexpected surprise. It’s been fulfilling to draw on the universal values of Sanatan (Hindu) Dharma to serve the Met Police and our communities, whilst bringing them closer together.”

Tim Gray, former Met detective superintendent and head of the Covert Governance unit, was responsible for providing advice to those seeking to apply for the authorisation of covert activity under the Investigatory Powers Act. He was uniquely influential in the professionlisation of this bespoke and sensitive area, and greatly improved standards, processes, training and understanding among operational teams across the MPS. He built and trained a cadre of Operational Security Advisors with a wealth of knowledge between them, who provide operational advice, risk management and review; setting the standard at both an MPS and national level. During the most recent inspection of covert authorities by the Investigatory Powers Commissioners Office, the MPS did not receive any recommendations for improvement – a first and an incredible achievement, particularly given the volume and scale of this activity in the Met. Tim was also instrumental in creating the foundation training process for undercover officers nationally and designing the content, which was adopted by the College of Policing. The material he created also now forms the base structure for all national undercover foundation training used by UK law enforcement agencies.

He said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be the recipient of the Queen’s Police Medal. I feel extremely fortunate to have enjoyed such an interesting and rewarding police career, working with some amazing people and leading a number of great teams.”

PC James McAllister has been recognised for the outstanding contribution to public order policing he has made in London since 2006. He has led senior officers command training (Inspector to Deputy Assistant Commissioner) and has earned a reputation of being one of the most effective public order practitioners in the country. He was instrumental in developing the concept of Police Liaison Teams (PLT’s) in managing protest and devised this role profile, which has been adopted nationally by the College of Policing. PC McAllister has been consistently operationally deployed to significant roles in the most challenging policing operations, from numerous state occasions including the 2011 Royal wedding and 2012 Olympics to multiple right-wing protests.

He said: “I am humbled and extremely honoured to receive this recognition. This is not just my honour; it is a reflection on the great work of all the fantastic people I get to work with. This places the spotlight on the crucial work that a huge amount of people do in the background supporting the MPS Public Order Public Cadre, who regularly deliver plans to keep London safe, maintain the peace and protect people’s rights, often in difficult and sensitive circumstances. To be awarded for something that I love doing is awesome.”

PC Michael Wallace, who works in youth/community engagement in south London, has been recognised for his outstanding community work. In 2017 Michael co-founded the award winning national KickOff@3 football engagement initiative to change negative narratives around young people and provide them with sporting and wider opportunities that enables them to come together with police in a safe space through sport, music and poetry. He is the Youth Lead for the MPS Black Police Association acting as a role model and inspiration to all police officers and staff offering support and mentoring. Michael is also a positive voice for colleagues promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity in the police service, not only in London, but through KickOff@3 nationally.

He said: “I am truly humbled to be recognised by Her Majesty in her Honours Awards, whilst being included with other inspiring names. It gives me immense pride as a serving Metropolitan Police Officer, but also as a community volunteer where I dedicate invaluable time to support young people and charities across the country.”

Vicky Washington, former detective superintendent and 2021 winner of the British Association of Women Police Lifetime Achievement award, has been an impassioned advocate highlighting violence against women and girls for three decades. After joining in 1991 she joined the Territorial Support Group (TSG) where she trained in surveillance, she completed an MSc in Policing Studies in 1998. She completed this work while pregnant with her first child and she went on to have four children between1998-2003. It was this academic and personal experience that would go on to define her legacy in safeguarding. As lead for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in 2011, she pioneered work with multiple airline partners to stop girls being taken out of the UK. Operation Limelight received high profile national attention, was commended by the Home Office and FCO and this legacy is now embedded within the MOPAC annual plan.

Her leadership at the 2012 Olympics as International Liaison Communications Manager increased stakeholder engagement up to 100%, and as Domestic Abuse (DA) lead, she implemented improvements across multiple categories, from victim care to reporting levels, and training. As continuous improvement lead for Child Abuse Investigations, she identified the potential for radicalisation in supplementary schools, improving awareness of legislation and child protection across a raft of public institutions. In 2018 she was selected as Deputy National Co-ordinator for Prevent where she brought together a career’s worth of experience to ensure holistic support for those vulnerable and their families. In addition, her substantial mentoring work, especially for those from under-represented groups, has establishing lasting partnerships and positively influenced tens of thousands of girls and young women.

She said: “I’m delighted and honoured to receive the QPM especially during her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year. I feel humbled to be recognised in this way and continue to think of all my colleagues who do such a challenging job day in and out.”

DS Marc O’Shea has spent fifteen years positively and progressively shaping the relationship between the Metropolitan Police Service and the Royal Household (RH), in delivering Residential Protection at Windsor Castle for Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family. He has been the driving force and instrumental in progressing and leading the Windsor Operations and Events team, overseen the introduction of more robust and rigorous security measures for all events and the use of the MPS Specials Constabulary at events. Marc has put tremendous personal effort in to developing excellent relationships with the all key partner departments as well as numerous other pivotal stakeholders – he is quite simply a subject matter expert on all matters of Residential Protection where Windsor Castle is concerned. He has been instrumental in delivering some of the most significant high profile public events there, including multiple Royal family weddings, American presidential visits and the funeral of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The past two years have globally presented an unprecedented challenge to all due to the coronavirus pandemic and Marc formulated alternative operational protocols for continued service delivery in the face of resource shortages. Although he could easily have progressed up the promotion ladder, he took a conscious decision to stay in a role he loves and continuously exceeds the expectation of his role, exuding a “can do attitude”. He is an absolute credit to RaSP, the MPS and indeed Windsor Castle in its entirety.

He said: “Working with the Royal Household has been a real privilege and I am delighted and proud to be recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday honours list. I have had some amazing experiences while posted to RaSP and have created memories that will last a lifetime.”

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Nottinghamshire Police: Force football competition helping youngsters shoot for the stars 

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Nottinghamshire Police is using the power of football to enhance the lives of young people across the county.

The force has organised a grassroots tournament designed to open doors for youngsters and show the different opportunities available to them.

Around 200 people aged between 13 and 17 are expected to take part in the seven-a-side football festival at the Forest Recreation Ground, Forest Fields, on Saturday (21 May 2022).

Current world featherweight boxing champion Leigh Wood is set to hand out medals to the winning teams, who will then advance to the national finals in London on 10 July, where they will get the opportunity to play in front of professional scouts.

In addition to helping fulfil sporting dreams, the ‘KICKOFF@3’ event offers a great opportunity for teenagers to learn more about different further education and employment opportunities.

The event also provides a means for the police to positively engage with young people in a sporting context where they may feel more comfortable and allow them to see that police officers are normal people behind the uniform.

Sergeant Jemma Connor-Iommi, who has organised the event, joined Nottinghamshire Police four years ago following a career in football that saw her captain Nottingham Forest Women and become a Republic of Ireland international.

She said: “The reason I’m so passionate about this event is because I know the true value of sport and the opportunities it can provide to young people.

“I went to a football tournament like this one when I was 15 and it led to me gaining a scholarship to play football in the USA while continuing my education and then having a professional football career afterwards.

“Sporting events like this are such a good way of engaging with youngsters and making them aware of various opportunities, including those people who may not typically interact with the police.

“These events can make a big impact, whether that be giving young people the platform to succeed in sport, or providing the information and inspiration needed for them to go on and join a college course they might not have been aware of before.”

KICKOFF@3 is a national initiative that provides police forces with the blueprint of how to run community events that can make a difference to their areas.

In addition to the football, teenagers who attend will be able to find out more about how to write effective CVs, available employment opportunities, and how to apply for jobs and college courses that appeal to them.

They will get also get the chance to discover sport, dance and music clubs run by different community groups in the area.

Sgt Connor-Iommi added: “The biggest message I want to get across to these young people is, no matter what your path looks like, you have a stage and somewhere to succeed.

“Football can turn anybody’s life around, as it did for me, which is why I want other people in Nottinghamshire to be provided with that same opportunity.”

The event will take place between 2pm to 7pm, at the Nottingham Forest Sports Zone, Forest Recreation Ground, with anyone wanting to access the engagement opportunities able to do so by attending on the day.

Teams will be competing across two age categories on the day, with kids aged 13 to 14 and 15 to 17 coming up against each other.

Nottinghamshire Police will be joined at the event by partners from Nottingham College, Nottingham Forest, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, the RAF, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes and Nottinghamshire Live.

The event has also been partially funded by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), which is a partnership that brings together specialists from local government, health education, policing and criminal justice to help reduce violence by tackling its underlying causes.

Natalie Baker-Smith, Head of the VRU, said: “This is a fantastic event that will provide an opportunity for young people from the City to engage with the police through sport, enabling them to have positive interactions and build trusting connections and relationships in a familiar environment.

“Furthermore, sport has been shown to have an impact on outcomes for children and young people who are at risk of, or may have already been impacted by serious violence and exploitation.

“It provides an opportunity for diversion away from negative pathways and builds positive mental and physical wellbeing as well as trusted adults and a positive peer group.

“Kickoff@3 has positively impacted hundreds of young people across various communities in the UK through its many initiatives, campaigns and workshops and I know that this event will build on that success in Nottingham.”

Nottinghamshire Police would like to thank all of the sponsors involved in Saturday’s KICKOFF@3 event:

  • Nottingham City Homes
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s Violence Reduction Unit
  • Nottingham College
  • Royal Air Force
  • Nottingham Forest
  • Nottinghamshire Live
  • Nottingham Industrial Cleaners
  • World Game Changers
  • The Skinny Food Company
  • UFC Gym Nottingham
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Young people use Lingfield Park racecourse as a platform for their talents during Black History Month raceday

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Using their own creativity, the performers were centre of attention both before and during the National Hunt racing

TALENTED YOUNG performers took their Black History Month celebrations to the races when they performed at Lingfield Park with music, dance, poetry and tales – all in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Using their own creativity, the young people celebrated their talents both before and during the National Hunt racing as Lingfield Park in Surrey showed its support for organisations working with ethnically diverse communities.

Racegoers and the young people were greeted by officers and their animals from the Metropolitan Police’s Mounted and Dogs sections, as well as youth support officers, cadets and members of the Black Police Association who all showed their support of the initiative as the community groups brought their multi-ethnic message to the racecourse. 

Those performing included Hertfordshire-based Alternative and Indie Rock Band, Kick Pistol, Quinton Green (aka Champagne Bubbler) who is a UK Urban performer and anti-knife crime campaigner who has worked with Stormzy, Kano, and Ms Dynamite and Boysayso, a jazz/rap star who describes his latest track release as: ‘A mix of tribal beats, UK rap and Jazz fusion sounds.’

Take The Reins (TTR), a sports-based not-for-profit organisation working primarily through and in the racing industry to support and deliver positive outcomes for young people and communities, helped to stage the Stephen Lawrence Day Youth Unity Awards with partner not-for-profit organisations, Kickoff@3 and Proud and Gifted.

“This was all about recognising the talent of young people and highlighting how many opportunities the sport of horseracing has for young people from all communities,” said Deborah Hay, TTR’s CEO.

Michael Wallace, a serving Met Police officer and co-founder of Kickoff@3 which empowers young people through sport, music and art, added: “We held an online Youth Unity event in April to mark Stephen Lawrence Day, and this was the perfect event to recognise the talent that was involved in that day. It was a wonderful opportunity to bring this talent to Lingfield Park racecourse and show a different crowd what our young people are capable of.”

GOOD TO TALK: Michael Wallace, a serving Met Police officer and co-founder of Kickoff@3 talks to the media

Throughout the pandemic TTR has worked extensively with youth groups and diverse communities to maintain its network and reach for future projects. Partners such as Kickoff@3 and Proud and Gifted, which celebrates young people’s talents, enable it to connect with communities traditionally untouched by the racing industry.

“Racing has already pledged an industry-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion to make sure the sport is open to all and this is part of that journey,” added Hay.

“It was fantastic to prove how TTR can help to bring both worlds together as one and enable the young people to use the racecourse as a platform for their talents.”

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Kick Off @3-Lingfield event empowers young people across our community.

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Our young people were empowered and celebrated at a special event at Lingfield race course last Sunday with the help of Kick Off @3 an amazing non profit organisation.


Kickoff@3 has positively impacted over hundreds of young people across various communities in the UK through its many initiatives, campaigns and workshops.


By using sports as a medium they have given opportunities not just through sports but through music and other activities. They have also raised awareness and supported an array of charities through their many tournaments. Kickoff@3 is a not-for-profit organisation that relies heavily on sponsorship to run the tournaments and projects, founders Michael and Ashley devote most of their spare time to help inspire and empower these young people.
Kickoff@3 is a collaborative initiative set up by two passionate men with the goal to inspire, motivate, engage and support young people from all backgrounds through the medium of sport, music and other imaginative ideas.
Michael Wallace is a serving Met police officer who is driven by a passion to help engage young with opportunities not just those from disadvantaged backgrounds, but all young people.


As serving police officer Michael understands the challenges that young people have in communicating with the police, not least around how to approach each other and the attitudes they hold, it is this that Michael works tirelessly to help break down the barriers and form a better understanding and how we can all work to overcome these challenges.


“There is no such thing as a bad child, just a child that needs guidance”.


KickOff@3 aims to see less youth violence and hate crime and an increase in mental health awareness, physical fitness and inclusion in sports across the UK.

The Stephen Lawrence Project, another great project organised by KickOff@3 aims to inspire young people across the UK inspired by Stephen Lawrence’s legacy.

During difficult times for our youth with the fear of knife crime and gang violence, work by Kick Off @3 is an amazing light at the end of the tunnel that is able to provide endless support for our youth.it also encourages them and empowers them to go forward and create a positive future for themselves despite the many challenges they face.

Michael Wallace really has dedicated his time to helping young people across the communities and bringing them as much guidance and hope as he can to turn their lives around.

The event was also organised by Take the Reigns and Proud and Gifted who played a big part in organising the day that was hosted by our young people.

Take the Reigns and Proud and Gifted in partnership with Kick Off@3.

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Young Performers to Celebrate Black History Month at the Races

Talented young performers will be marking Black History Month in front of racegoers at Lingfield Park with music, dance, poetry and tales – all in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Using their own creativity, the young people will be celebrating their talents both before and during the National Hunt racing as Lingfield Park shows its support for charities working with ethnically diverse communities.

Racegoers will be able to meet horses from the Metropolitan Police’s Mounted Section, as well as youth support officers, cadets and members of the Black Police Association who will all be showing their support of the young people as they bring their multi-ethnic message to the racecourse.  Those performing include Hertfordshire-based Alternative and Indie Rock Band, Kick Pistol, Quinton Green (aka Champagne Bubbler) who is a UK Urban performer and anti-knife crime campaigner who has worked with Stormzy, Kano, and Ms Dynamite and Boysayso, a jazz/rap star who describes his latest track release as: ‘A mix of tribal beats, UK rap and Jazz fusion sounds.’

Take The Reins (TTR), a sports-based not-for-profit organisation working primarily through and in the racing industry to support and deliver positive outcomes for young people and communities, is helping to stage the Stephen Lawrence Day Youth Unity Awards with partner not-for-profit organisations, Kickoff@3 and Proud and Gifted.

“This is all about recognising the talent of young people and highlighting how many opportunities the sport of horseracing has for young people from all communities,” said Deborah Hay, TTR’s CEO.

Michael Wallace, a serving Met Police officer and co-founder of Kickoff@3 which empowers young people through sport, music and art, added: “We held an online Youth Unity event in April to mark Stephen Lawrence Day, and this is the perfect event to recognise the talent that was involved in that day. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring this talent to Lingfield Park racecourse and show a different crowd what our young people are capable of.”

Throughout the pandemic TTR has worked extensively with youth groups and diverse communities to maintain its network and reach for future projects. Partners such as Kickoff@3 and Proud and Gifted, which celebrates young people’s talents, enable it to connect with communities traditionally untouched by the racing industry.

“Racing has already pledged an industry-wide commitment to Diversity & Inclusion to make sure the sport is open to all and this is part of that journey,” added Deborah. “I really hope the racing audience at Lingfield on 31st October, support this.”

Take the Reins (TTR) was established in 2014 to engage economically-deprived communities with the racing industry.

TTR aims to support young people’s access to the industry and showcase what it has to offer in building young people’s skills and knowledge and presenting the sport as an avenue for employment. TTR is providing enriching activities, vocational training, mentoring and support to all young people, including those in some of the UK’s most deprived communities.

Since the start of the 2017 – 2019 pilot, which was supported by the Racing Foundation, over 1,000 young people received informal educational support to gain a broader insight into the industry, through schools and community groups within the target areas. The delivery partners worked with specialist youth and community development workers to challenge perceptions and build greater linkages with the industry.

An Impact Study, carried out by Professor Andrew Parker hailed the project a huge success due to a multi-stakeholder approach on its steering committee from across the racing industry.

For more information please contact Deborah Hay via email: takethereins.racing@outlook.com Twitter: @_TakeTheReins