PCC meets with students to discuss the dangers of carrying a knife
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson met a
group of students from North Birmingham Academy to discuss the
dangers of carrying knives.
Knife crime has increased by 75% since 2012 and gun crime has
risen by 50% in the same time. In a meeting with 10 students from
both years 9 and 10, David Jamieson spoke about the issue and they
provided their views on how to tackle knife crime.
Recently, the PCC has invested £2 million into tackling gangs
and violence in the West Midlands, this has been spent on
initiatives such as gang mediation and educating young people on
the dangers of knife crime. The Commissioner backed by local MPs
successfully lobbied the Home Office, and has secured £1.8 million
from their Early Intervention Youth Fund to be spent on
programmes which divert young people away from crime.
At the school the Commissioner took the opportunity to highlight
the impact knife crime is having on our communities. To do this
students took part in an activity where they acted as if one of
them was a victim of knife crime and the others were family
members. They each took it in turns to talk about how they would
feel if they were a parent or grandparent of someone who had been a
victim, as well as some of them acting as if they were the parent
of someone who had committed the crime. This activity highlighted
to them that it is not only the person who has been stabbed is that
affected but a whole range of people.
The PCC also took the opportunity to address the issue of young
people carrying knives for protection. He emphasised to them that
actually by carrying a knife you are more likely to be a victim of
knife crime. The students responded positively to this and one said
that if one of his friends was carrying a knife he would tell them
"to put it down".
The PCC commented that "by doing these activities with students
we are able to raise awareness of the impact which knife crime has
on communities. I was really impressed with the quality of
discussion with the students as they all contributed and all
provided me with a useful insight of what young people feel about
One student commented that "people who carry knives are
By working closely with schools the PCC is able to directly
engage with young people to get a greater understanding of the
issue as well as teaching young people about the dangers of