Roll-out of #SaveLivesNoKnives education programme begins

Published: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The roll-out of the #SaveLivesNoKnives knife crime awareness project to local schools began this week at Kingsthorpe Community College.

The educational programme was delivered to more than 240 year seven students at the college on Monday, 24 September by partner organisations including Northampton Borough Council, Northampton Youth Offending Service, Northamptonshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service.

During the year seven assembly, hard hitting videos were shared with students, giving the perspective of a paramedics and a doctor who have attended stabbings involving young people. They also watched a presentation detailing knife crime statistics, the law and the dangers of carrying a weapon.

The #SaveLivesNoKnives knife crime awareness programme was officially launched on Northampton Market Square on Wednesday, 29 August, and aims to deter young people from becoming involved in knife culture.

The programme will next be shared with 240 students from four schools across the borough on Tuesday, 9 October at a Community Safety Partnership primary school conference.

The Deco Theatre will host year six students from Thorplands, Kings Heath, St Gregorys and St James Primary Schools for the day as they learn more about knife crime, gang culture, hate crime and online exploitation.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Following a number of incidents this year, preventing knife crime is a high priority and something we’re keen to support through our awareness raising project in all primary and secondary schools.

“We’re pleased that the delivery of the educational programme in Kingsthorpe was receive so well and we will follow up with teachers to address any support needs from them or the students, which >may arise as the information sinks in.

“We’re now working with partners to prepare for the next stage of the programme delivery at The Deco Theatre and any other secondary schools that want to get involved.”

Chief Inspector James Willis added: “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 in violence and weapons related offences.  

“Education is really important and this programme gives us a great opportunity for positive engagement and interaction with students in order to raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of carrying knives and getting involved in violent crime.

“The first session at Kingsthorpe Community College went really well and we are looking forward to working with the council and other partners to share the programme with more schools and more young people.”

Any schools that are interested in receiving our knife crime awareness talk, should contact the Council at [email protected]