Knife crime campaign takes to the airwaves to reach young listeners
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As our work to support Operation Sceptre begins, we will be delivering a hard-hitting message to the young people of Derby warning of the dangers of carrying a knife.
The message will be heard by any 13-21-year-old accessing various on-line streamed media channels in the city. The recording is a mocked incident of a young person witnessing the death of his friend as a result of a knife injury and officers then having to inform the victim’s mother of his death.
Insp Keith Chambers, who is one of the police officers in-charge of policing in Derby City, explained: “We make no apologies for the message being stark and hard-hitting.
“The consequences for anyone deciding to carry a knife can be harsh not only in terms of legal implications but more importantly as a risk to life. Whilst the incident is a mock-up, I am afraid we have witnessed similar incidents in Derby.
“We know the motivations for carrying a knife can vary, some carry knives for acceptance among their peers or because they are afraid, either way that decision can have fatal consequences and we are determined to educate young people to those dangers”
Our officers are also visiting schools up and down the county to deliver an education package on the dangers of knife crime although this recording does not feature in those lessons, the dangers of carrying a knife are fully explained.
If you are aware of anyone who carries a knife or have concerns that someone you know may carry a knife, please report it by:
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact