Partners working together to make a point of staying safe

Published: Thursday, 23 August 2018

A community safety project that makes a point of how young people can stay safe will be launched at an event on the Market Square, Northampton, on Wednesday, 29 August.

The event will open at 1pm, with Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, introducing the project, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime by highlighting the risks and repercussions of carrying a knife and how people can report any concerns.

Northampton Borough Council has been working closely with East Midlands Ambulance Service, Northamptonshire Police, Northampton Students Union and Northampton’s Youth Offending Service to develop the project. Members of each organisation, as well as Free2Talk, will be on hand during the day to answer any questions people might have and East Midlands Ambulance Service will be offering free CPR and defibrillator training.

Following the launch, an education programme will be rolled out across youth clubs, secondary schools and colleges in the county as well as at the University of Northampton, with the aim of dissuading young people from getting involved in knife crime.

This programme will involve assembly presentations comprising of a hard hitting video, which provides the perspectives of two Ambulance crew members, both of whom have attended stabbing incidents, as well as sharp facts around the law and a useful resource pack for teachers.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “It’s been great working with partners to develop this important project and promoting community safety in the town.

“We hope this launch reassures people following a number of knife related incidents in the past year. And that by working in schools, colleges and in the university, we can reduce the number of young people being exploited with early interventions.”

Chief Inspector James Willis, District Commander, said: “Northamptonshire Police is committed to tackling violent crime and as part of Operation Viper, our countywide operation to tackle serious and organised crime, we are determined to crackdown on those involved violence and weapons related offences.  

“We are delighted to be a part of this partnership project to help raise awareness of knife crime and we look forward to working with our partners, including schools and community groups, to educate people about the dangers of carrying knives and weapons and the serious consequences of doing so.”

Lee Brentnall, Ambulance Operations Manager for Communications, Engagement and Safeguarding for East Midlands Ambulance service said “We are really pleased to have contributed to this very important piece of partnership work, with the videos involving our frontline staff giving a perspective that is seldom heard.

“We are always keen to develop this partnership and work together to safeguard our young people and reduce deaths and serious injuries from knife and violent crime.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the project can visit the teams on the Market Square between 1pm and 3pm.

If you are concerned about any knife related activity please dial 999 in an emergency or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 to speak to someone confidentially.