Surrey Police to work with British Esports in Engage with Gaming
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Surrey Police are working with the British Esports Association in a new engagement initiative for young people in Surrey called Engage with Gaming.
This project is aimed at young people in Surrey and will utilise the popular online game, Rocket League, to help improve engagement. It will take place in both Surrey Heath and Woking throughout the October half-term.
Engage with Gaming will enable the police to reach vulnerable young people in Surrey and build positive relationships, whilst educating them about various crime types and issues within the county. The aim is to improve and build upon existing relationships with children and young people within Surrey through the medium of esports and gaming.
Throughout the half term period, there will be several drop-in sessions, where children and young people can come along and play Rocket League, learn about careers within esports and gaming and pick up crime prevention advice and tips. There will also be the chance for young people to play the game against the Police.
The sessions are being held from Monday, 25 October to Friday, 29 October, from 10am – 3pm at the following centres:
The pilot has been made possible by working in partnership with the British Esports Association (BEA) who will be providing the kit.
Alick James, Borough Commander for Surrey Heath, said: “We are really excited to be taking part in Engage with Gaming over half term in partnership with the British Esports Association.
"We are hoping that, through the medium of esports, Surrey Police will be able to break down barriers with harder to reach communities and in particular, children and young people.
"During these gaming sessions we can not only engage with young people, but also use it as a tool to help educate them around online safety, crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Elliot Bond, Head of Broadcast & Events for British Esports Association also commented:
“We’re incredibly excited to be working with the Surrey Police to see how esports can help increase engagement levels between young people and law enforcement. We’re looking to replicate our successes with the North Yorkshire Police pilot to show how esports can help break barriers and engage all members of the community”.