Ben Forbes BCAc
Born in a tough neighbourhood, as a child Ben struggled with authority and found solace in the shadows of his peers, risking a demise into a life of gangs and crime. As a young mixed-race boy, he always refused help due to lack of self-belief and confidence. But following an intervention from the Police at his local school due to fighting, Ben recognised his opportunity.
Although not a popular choice among his peers, Ben rose above his personal struggles and joined the police service. He has gone on to become a true ambassador for young people and was a key team member responding to the Grenfell disaster as part of the central recovery taskforce, given the responsibility for leading on engagement and communication. Ben worked closely with the NHS, local authority, local community, faith organisations and the wider police service to ensure everyone worked together for the community. He ran public engagement meetings and events in order to build police legitimacy and transparency.
Ben has overcome barriers to progress his work on Youth engagement, in particular with the Black, Asian and Minority ethnic community and has worked with the Specialist Crime and Operations Command to co-develop national operations focusing on knife and gang crime. Ben is currently a Police Sergeant in Essex Police who leads a team of officers in charge of delivering visible community policing and engagement across Thurrock”