Police and partners ‘all out’ to tackle youth violence in Walsall
Walsall police joined forces with partners and the community to support Project Guardian - which was launched last month after the Home Office gave West Midlands Police £7m to make the region safer.
Officers teamed up with the local authority, community street teams, youth groups, housing officers, local school teachers and others to provide advice and support to young people in the town on the last day of term (19 July).
The Black Country Impact bus, which offers advice and guidance to youngsters on employment and apprenticeships, and various stalls were in Walsall town centre, as was an huge lorry displaying the force’s #LifeorKnife message.
Walsall Action carried out litter picks, street teams spoke to young people to provide support and advice and advise them on how they could be vulnerable, and local authority teams handed out surveys to better understand the needs of the community.
Neighbourhood Policing Manager Inspector Tony Eustace said: “We’re fully committed to tackling youth violence and knife crime in Walsall and understand a key part of our success is around the education and diversion for young people. This multi-agency approach was a wonderful way of making the most of our combined skills.
“We often see an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour during the summer holidays and wanted to send a clear message to those breaking up from school; violence will not be tolerated. There are plenty of activities and people who can provide advice and support to young people in the borough. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable break and not get involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Violence and carrying weapons is unacceptable, we continue to enforce the law to its fullest in these circumstances; but we are determined to stop it even reaching that point, and continue to work with schools, parents and others to get the message out about the devastating impact violence has on lives."
The force is asking parents for their help to put an end to knife crime in Walsall. Please begin to have that conversation with your child.
It’s difficult, so this video may help: https://youtu.be/RVJZC83gxYk
More information about knife crime and the #lifeorknife campaign can be found on the West Midlands Police website.
Anyone who suspects someone of carrying a knife is urged to report their concerns via Live Chat on the website, by calling 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.