Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner visits Holte school to take a close look at work to prevent violent crime
The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie spent
Friday morning at a Birmingham school re-examining the on-going
work being carried out to educate young people on the dangers of
gun and knife crime.
Mr Bertie's visit follows an increase in violent crime in the West
Educational programmes of this sort have been funded by the Police
and Crime Commissioner since being elected. The sessions see
experts, as well as former perpetrators and victims of knife crime,
talk to young people about the dangers posed by carrying
Educational sessions for children take place every day of the
school calendar across the West Midlands.
Friday's session is run by the organisation Word 4 Weapons. During
the workshop former police officer turned weapons campaigner
Michael Smith spoke to year 9 children about the dangers of knife
and gun crime. Students at Holte School in Lozells also viewed a
short film which will raise awareness of the dangers they face from
knives and guns.
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie, said: "I
was keen to visit the school workshops to re-examine the good work
being carried out right across the West Midlands to ensure young
people do not put themselves and others in danger.
"I have recently been concerned by an increase in violent crime
and I want to take a close look at what more can be done to make
sure our children are safe.
"Educational work at schools, which focuses on gun and knife
crime, is vital if we are going to make sure young people make the
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "A decision by a young person to carry a weapon can lead to
horrific circumstances. It is vital we warn children at a young age
of the dangers they face from carrying knives or guns and stress
they have a choice to make. It is because this work is so
important that I have consistently funded educational programmes of
the sort taking place at Holte School today."