Chief Constable Craig Guildford and PCC Paddy Tipping
People are being urged to help the National Justice Museum's Christmas Challenge to raise £20,000 to fund free places for young people on their anti-knife crime workshops.
Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford and Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping are supporting the campaign and are urging people to donate and give more people the chance to take part.
The 'Choices and Consequences' workshops, in partnership with the Ben Kinsella Trust, are aimed at educating nine to 14-year-olds about the impact of carrying a knife through videos of families who have lost loved ones, live action roleplay and interactive scenarios.
CC Guildford said: "Choices and Consequences is a real eye-opener for many of the young people who visit and is a really valuable part of the partnership response to knife crime.
"In the season of good will, I would urge people to donate toward this very worthwhile cause.
"I'm pleased to say that knife crime has reduced in Nottinghamshire over the last year following a real concerted effort by Nottinghamshire Police and our partners to tackle the issue.
"We have a dedicated Knife Crime Team, Schools and Early Intervention Officers in secondary schools and a bespoke educational package in primary schools as part of our strategy to reduce knife crime.
"Education is a vital part of the long-term success of that strategy and the support of partners such as the National Justice Museum is really important."
Mr Tipping said: “The Big Give will help us change the belief held by many young people that it is acceptable, and perfectly normal, to carry a knife. Let’s be clear, it is neither. The earlier we can do this, the more successful we will be. That’s why I am supporting this campaign and I urge others to join in.”
Vicky Sumner, Fundraiser at the Museum, added: “We want to ensure every child in Nottinghamshire can attend Choices and Consequences for free.
"Choices and Consequences, Nottingham is not about targeting groups of young people, such as young offenders, gang members, the vulnerable and disaffected. It takes the view that any young person can choose to carry a knife, and if you make children and young people aware of the consequences of that choice in their formative years, they will reject carrying knives in the future, even in the face of peer pressure.
“Please consider donating £5 during our Big Give Christmas Challenge, for this week only every contribution you make will be matched pound for pound.”
Donate to their Big Give #ChristmasChallenge19 until 10 December and your donation will be doubled. Every £5 donated means one child will be able to attend for free: http://bit.ly/njmbiggive . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I5ZgFvap9o&feature=youtu.be
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Posted on Thursday 5th December 2019