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Force launches #LivesNotKnives website to tackle knife crime

March 13, 2018
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The force has launched a new #LivesNotKnives website to help tackle knife crime.

The website signposts those who have been affected by knife crime and may need advice and also gives guidance to parents and guardians to start the initial conversation, which could help ensure their loved ones stay safe.

There is also information for loved ones where they can get support, updates from the force’s knife crime team and there are a number of video resources available to view to tackle the issue.

University of Nottingham Professor Kevin Browne talks through why communicating with the younger generation is so important, whilst Nottinghamshire Police’s Chief Constable Craig Guildford urges people from across the county to play their part in preventing people carrying knives.

Mr Guildford said: “If we all work together to spot the signs, educate people and take action as soon as we can, we can make a positive difference to people’s lives and make Nottinghamshire an even safer place to live and work.

“Under the slogan of #LivesNotKnives, we want to work together with parents, community groups, schools, health services, local councils and other agencies to make it clear that carrying a knife should never be seen as acceptable and our lives are better without them.”

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Trying to tackle knife crime by enforcement alone is simply not going to work.  We need to change attitudes towards carrying a knife and that message has to be shared from an early age. We need the support of statutory and voluntary groups and, most importantly, the public, so that together we can convince people that carrying a knife is one of the most dangerous things you can do.

“Let’s be clear, knife crime is a national issue, it’s not confined to Nottingham.  However, we are determined to address the problem from all angles.  That’s why we are putting extra resources into the work to educate people, extra resources into preventative and investigative measures and why we are investing in this campaign.”

Please visit the new website here: www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/knifecrime

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