Posted on 31st October 2014
Firearms officers in Derbyshire have been visiting Derby County's Moor Farm training complex to speak to the club's Academy players about the dangers of gun crime.
The sessions are part of the force's ongoing work out in the community to educate people about where certain life choices can take them. The aim is to encourage people, particularly teenagers and young adults, to steer away from anti-social behaviour, crime gang culture and guns.
The visits, which are carried out at schools, youth groups and other organisations such as the Derby County Academy, come during a 12-day firearm surrender across Derbyshire, where police are giving people the chance to hand in any guns or ammunition they no longer want, need, or shouldn't have in the first place.
Young footballers from the Rams’ Academy listened to officers talking about guns and were given the chance to see imitation and safe, unloaded firearms next to each other, to show how closely matched fakes such as BB guns can be.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: "For many years, we have worked with partner agencies to ensure we both arrest people taking part in gun crime and also educate people about the dangers of gun crime.
"This is just one part of our ongoing approach, together with the public and partners such as Derby County, to make sure gun crime remains low in Derbyshire."
Any real, fake, antique or even licensed firearms that the owners want to get rid of can be handed in at police stations up and down the county until Friday, November 7. A particular focus has been on raising awareness of the dangers of carrying imitation firearms such as BB guns, which can have serious consequences. We want them to be handed in too.
To find out more about the firearms surrender, including where weapons can be safely disposed of, call Derbyshire police on 101 or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk.