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Representatives from the police and partner organisations, led by Paddy Tipping, came together for a major conference on knife crime. Community safety, criminal justice, Local Authority and third sector partners from across the county and beyond were invited to take part to assess current knife crime problems and identify action in preparation for the launch of the Police and Crime Commissioner's Knife Crime Strategy later this summer.
The event also featured the powerful testimony of Trish Bergan whose 27 year old son Jerome Eugene Bergan was killed following a single stab wwould to the chest in Strelley, Nottinghamshire in December 2002.
The conference featured presentations from knife crime experts including Patrick Green, Chief Executive of the Ben Kinsella Trust, Rachel Tuffin, OBE, Director of the College of Policing; Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police Craig Guildford and Det Supt Simon Firth from Nottinghamshire Police as well as Mark Dean, Principal Intelligence Analyst, Nottinghamshire Police.
You can download some of these presentations below:
Following the conference the Commissioner has now received written feedback from table facilitators. Some inputs were longer than others and there was inevitably some duplication across the tables in terms of what action to take.
The document below provides a rough summary of the feedback structured by recurring themes. A small working group is developing an Action Plan to be overseen by a new Partnership Knife Crime Board who will oversee the delivery.