The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is recruiting more individuals to go into schools and colleges to educate young people on the consequences of carrying and using knives.

The PCC is looking for people with real, lived experiences that can be shared with young people to engage them and ensure they understand the impact of getting involved with knives.

The Knife Crime Trainers are part of the Precious Lives project, which currently has seven trainers working across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton to educate young people. Now, the West Midlands PCC is looking for more people to help expand the programme.

The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie said: “Educating young people on the dangers of carrying knives is of paramount importance. They need to hear the facts – that those who carry a knife are very likely to have it used against them.

“It is also important that young people hear from those who have experience and a story to tell about what knife crime has done to them. In the current team of trainers we have people who have been victims of knife crime, family members and also those who have previously been involved in gangs and have turned their lives around.

“If you’re someone with a story to tell, who is passionate about changing lives and supporting young people, please get in touch and apply.”

You can find out more about the Knife Crime Trainer role and how to apply here: https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/job-vacancy/knife-crime-trainers/

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