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Young people urged to share views on violence


Have you had experience of serious violence?

The Police and Crime Commissioner wants to know young people’s views on serious violence. 

A survey has been sent out to youth services, schools and colleges across Cleveland in a bid to find out what young people think about violence in their area, and the PCC is keen to encourage as many young people as possible to get involved.

The survey, for everyone aged up to 25 years old, aims to discover why people may carry knives and weapons and what they think the police could do to tackle violence in the area.

It’s part of a wide piece of work, the Teesside Serious Violence Project, which is coordinated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and brings together the Police and other criminal justice and community safety partners with the aim of preventing serious violence.

The survey comes in the wake of the highly successful visit of the Knife Angel to Cleveland over the summer, which saw thousands of young people and their families, visit the imposing statue in Centre Square, Middlesbrough. The Knife Angel opened up the conversation about carrying knives and made visitors aware of the often deadly consequences of being armed.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I’d encourage all young people to take part in this survey as I’m keen to collect their views on violence in Cleveland.

“Young people are the future of our region, so it’s important that their views shape the way we tackle serious violence and knife crime.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the survey and finding out what our youth think about keeping people safe.”

The survey closes on January 7, 2020, so make sure your voice is heard before then.

You can fill out the survey by clicking here.



Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019
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