A tough new blueprint for tackling knife crime in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has been unveiled.
The Knife Crime Strategy 2018 is a pan-agency agreement, led by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, setting out an ambitious plan of action to tackle one of Britain’s most serious threats to public safety.
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Nottingham City Council said the eviction power at its disposal for tenants living in Nottingham City Homes properties acts as “a serious deterrent” as police push forward with their knife crime strategy.
The Chief Constable for Nottinghamshire Police, Craig Guildford said it is about “putting pressure around peers and families” as police cannot “arrest their way out” of Nottingham’s knife crime problem.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “One of the partners is the city council which owns a lot of the housing stock.
“They can use threats of eviction to pressure parents to get onto their kids by saying ‘we are not having this or you are out on the streets.”
The plans was revealed at the launch of Nottinghamshire’s 27-page Knife Crime Strategy, ( below ) held at the National Justice Museum this week.
- The Strategy will see partners working together with the voluntary sector to tackle every aspect of knife violence with a strong emphasis on education, early intervention and youth engagement.Backed by Nottingham City Council and Safer Nottinghamshire Board, voluntary and community sector and criminal justice partners the strategy sets out four key areas of work:
- Identification and management of risk: Identifying those at risk of becoming perpetrators or victims of knife crime and managing these risks with diversion and enforcement.
- Developing resilient spaces: Making it harder for offenders to carry and use knives in public spaces by robust enforcement, particularly in the night-time economy.
- Communication and behaviour change: Ensuring clear messages are delivered and promoting alternative lifestyle options.
- Communities and the third sector: Working with the community and wider partners to build resilient neighbourhoods and tackle both the immediate and long-term impact of knife crime.
Launching the strategy, Mr Tipping said: “Knife crime poses a serious risk to young people today and it is imperative we act now to break down the false attitudes and ideas that convince some that violence is acceptable.
“Offenders need to respect the repercussions of carrying a knife in a public place which is why this strategy will involve robust enforcement, especially in our pubs and nightclubs. But they also need to be supported and encouraged to take a new direction and lead more productive lives which this strategy will also deliver.
“We all have a role to play, not just the agencies signed up to this strategy, and we will be making sure parents, youth workers, charities and the wider community understand their responsibilities fully and play a pivotal role in solving this national problem locally.”
Nottinghamshire’s Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “We need to focus on early intervention, with all the partners working together, to get upstream of the problem. And by early I mean early, which is why we have officers going into schools to talk to students who’ve not yet made choices about who or what they want to be when they’re older.
“It’s important that we capture the teachable moments in young peoples’ lives, when we really can make a difference to how they view the world and the place they want to take in it.
“I also want to ensure that our criminal justice processes are as efficient as we can possibly make them to speed up the whole process, including decisions from the court. Carrying a knife, using a knife to harm someone, has consequences and it’s time people learned that they will be arrested, they will be charged and they will have a lengthy sentence.”
Ian Curryer, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council, said: “Clearly, a national approach is needed to what is a major issue for the country as a whole. However, it’s vital that here in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, agencies come together to look at what can be done at a local level.
“Taking a proactive approach to tackling knife crime has already led to ground-breaking initiatives in Nottingham such as the Red Thread intervention programme working with young victims of violence at the QMC.
“This new strategy sets out what more could be done through the local agencies working together with individuals, families and communities to significantly reduce the risk of lives being blighted by knife crime.”
Anthony May, Chairman of the Safer Nottinghamshire Board, said: “All the partners within the Safer Nottinghamshire Board stand shoulder-to-shoulder in our commitment to tackling knife crime – addressing its causes, dealing with its perpetrators and supporting its victims. We very much welcome this ambitious new strategy and look forward to delivering it for our communities.
“We have no higher duty than to protect the people we serve. We will ensure that our organisations work closely together, not only to respond to the immediate threat of knife crime, but also to build resilient communities and neighbourhoods in which our residents and businesses can continue to thrive.”