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Hampshire Constabulary, supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, recently spent two mornings with Public Services students from BCoT to raise awareness of knife crime and prevention.
The first session explained the devastating impact that knife crime has on families and communities. Students heard the facts and consequences, why police use stop and search powers and why carrying a knife makes you more at risk of becoming a victim. They were then given a practical first aid exercise to show them what to do in the event of a severe bleed from a knife wound.
The students were then tasked to produce a strategy to reduce knife crime, and to present their ideas to a panel of young people. The ideas ranged from sporting logos to realistic theatre simulations. The winning students were selected based on which ideas the panel thought could help to reduce knife crime.
BCoT Principal, Anthony Bravo, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Hampshire Constabulary to BCoT and fantastic to see these essential practical skills being passed on to our Public Services students. Our students could one day be the faces of the services preventing and dealing with such crimes through their chosen careers, which makes this session even more crucial to their learning.”
Basingstoke’s Chief Inspector, Stuart Ratcliffe, said:
“Tackling violent crime is about much more than police enforcement. Working with these students is a valuable opportunity, it provides a forum to hear their concerns, listen to their views and consider their reactions to tackling the problem from their perspectives; but also to dispel myths and rumour, and build better confidence in our policing activities.
“We were impressed by the students’ insight and strategies developed which showed that there are ‘many layers’ to knife crime, from prevention and intervention, to the police approach of protect and pursue. We’ve taken away a few initial concepts and are reviewing their feasibility to consider within our own Force planning.”
Police officers talked students through how they can report knife crime safely and 100% anonymously through fearless.org – a website which provides access to non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality, as well as a safe place to give information to the police about crime.
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