Barry Coppinger and Theresa Cave
The Police and Crime Commissioner is funding a pioneering programme to help save lives in Cleveland – and making young people reconsider carrying a knife in the process.
PCC Barry Coppinger is funding 500 ‘stab packs’ produced by the Chris Cave Foundation, which will be used as a first-line treatment if someone is injured by a bladed weapon.
The stab packs will be distributed to officers, PCSOs, street angels and door staff, among others. They contain emergency first aid equipment for dealing with severe blood loss, including gloves, a tampon, and a bandage.
The Chris Cave Foundation was set up by Theresa Cave after the death of her son, Chris, in 2005. Her Foundation educates young people on the dangers of knife crime and supports communities affected by violent crime.
Theresa and her son Tom have worked closely with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner since the visit of the Knife Angel to Middlesbrough in August this year.
The PCC said: “Theresa and Tom work incredibly hard to promote the message that knife crime doesn’t pay and have been producing these brilliant packs in small numbers over the years.
“The Foundation was recently paid to produce 1,000 stab packs by a North-east security firm and my office was honoured to redesign and print the accompanying first aid leaflets.
“I was so impressed with the final product that I have agreed to fund a further 500 packs to be distributed to police officers and PCSOs in Cleveland.”
Those 500 stab packs will be assembled by young people engaging with Youth Offending Teams in Cleveland, with the aim of demonstrating the terrible consequences of carrying knives and other bladed weapons and hammering home the message to ‘put down the knife’.
Posted on Wednesday 6th November 2019