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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Police officer awarded for setting up support group for mums

Harrow Times
December 18, 2012 Tuesday
Natalie O'Neill

A police constable has been awarded for her "pioneering" work setting up a gang-crime support group for mums in Harrow.

PC Sonia Ong, 37, was congratulated by Chief Superintendent Dal Babu at a commendation ceremony held at Harrow Central Mosque yesterday.

PC Ong, who has been an officer for three-and-a-half years, was handed a commendation for her dedication, enthusiasm and pioneering work in the implementation of Mothers Against Gangs.

She said: "The group came about after there had been loads of stabbings at the beginning of the year.

"As part of our investigations we had to force entry into a lot of homes, which had a negative impact on some families who were quite annoyed about it.

"Some parents felt they were almost to blame for what their child had done and they had a lot of questions that needed answering."

As a result PC Ong set up Mothers Against Gangs in July as a way for mums to come together and share their concerns, as well as detect the signs of gang culture in their own homes.

PC Ong, who is a mother-of-two, said: "They're almost like a Samaritan's group for mums worried about gang related crime.

"It's also a way for us to empower mums and educate them about gang culture."

Speaking about her award she said: "I feel very honoured. It's lovely to be acknowledged for such an exciting and worthwhile scheme."

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