PCC funds workshops to reduce violent crime
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded over
£3,500 to a community project to help divert young people away from
gangs and violent crime.
The project will be delivered to students at Broadway Academy
and City Academy in Birmingham over six weeks.
David Jamieson is using money seized from criminals to pay for
the diversionary activity launched by DATS TV Positive Social
Action in the North Birmingham area.
The grant is going towards providing workshops for schools so
that the students can develop their own campaigns to highlight the
issues that young people are facing.
The West Midlands has seen a large rise in knife crime and the
initiative aims to change the way young people view gang culture
The PCC has provided over £3,500 to the project. The money comes
from the Active Citizen Fund which is paid for by money seized from
criminals. The funding cannot be spent on recruiting officers.
Communities can bid for the cash all year round if they believe
they have a project which can reduce crime. This year,
the fund has £710,734 in 2019/20 which will be allocated to groups
from Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton
The Positive Social Action programme examines the glamorisation
of gang culture and knife crime and tear away the illusion of why
young people find gangs appealing.
The scheme aims to give young people a voice in their local
community and will support them to develop a campaign on issues
that matter to them most. The campaigns will use music, social
media, posters, and visual content to deliver a positive message to
DATS TV hopes to engage with more young people and expand the
programme to other schools in Birmingham.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "By tearing
away the illusions and glamorisation of knife and gang crime this
project is able to show that young people are able to make a
positive difference in their local communities.
"It supports young people to develop a campaign on issues that
they feel affect them most which delivers positive message.
"This project will inspire more young people to become part of
the solution to tackling violent crime and will create more
awareness on the issues that they face."
Simeon Moore CEO of DATS TV said: "The purpose of this project
is to show young people that they can make a positive difference in
"The Positive Social Action project is working to change the way
young people think and divert them away from gangs and knife
Miss K Slater Headteacher of City Academy Birmingham said:
""Young people today face many challenges, it is vital that we
support them in making good decisions.
"At City Academy Birmingham, student safety is paramount and we
continually work with external agencies to support our
"This project has been vital in engaging our students in key
local and national issues that could affect them and in helping
them keep themselves safe."