Keeping Sandwell safe: Knife arch touring secondary schools
As part of our pledge to keep the people of the West Midlands safe, Sandwell Police are taking a metal detection arch into all secondary schools in the borough.
Working with Sandwell council, school councils and head teachers in the area, a number of activities have been created to challenge and educate on the consequences of carrying a knife.
One of the key elements of the programme is the use of a walk-through metal detection arch, which is able to identify anyone carrying a weapon – much like in airports.
Every secondary school in Sandwell has signed up to the initiative and anyone caught carrying a knife will have the opportunity to discuss and debate their reasons for doing so.
Chief Superintendent Richard Baker from Sandwell police, said: “I am confident that this is a positive and friendly way in which to open up discussions around the reasons on why some young people choose to carry a knife.
“We want to make sure our school pupils feel safe inside schools as well as on their way in and out and this is just one way in which we are doing it.
“We are committed to making the West Midlands a safe place and it’s great to have the support of local schools and parents.”
Councillor Elaine Costigan, cabinet member for public health and protection at Sandwell council, said: "This initiative came about as part of our new police and school panel where we are working with the police, schools and other agencies and we are in full support of the knife arch touring Sandwell schools.”
Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services added: “I'm pleased all secondary schools have signed up to be involved in this and I hope the activities will show young people how devastating knife crime can be for them and their families. This initiative is part of a wider programme to make sure children and young people are safe."
The knife arches will be taken to all 20 secondary schools sporadically over the next few months and other activities include visits and talks from partner agencies on the dangers and reality of knife crime.