Merseyside Police, Knowsley Council, and partners across the county have launched a new knife crime campaign called #BladeFree to help make our communities safer for the future.
Last year alone four people lost their lives in Merseyside due to knife crime and research has shown that many of those involved in or at risk of being drawn into knife crime suffer from a lack of aspiration and belonging. #BladeFree aims to address this by providing support and opportunities through activities and initiatives such as sport, music, and theatre to build confidence and aspiration and improve practical skills and employability.
The campaign has been created by Merseyside Police, working with partners including Knowsley Council and other local authorities, the Police and Crime Commissioner; North West Ambulance Service; Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Crimestoppers and the National Health Service.
Thank you to everyone who has already pledged their support
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “We’ve seen first-hand the devastating effect on families and wider communities that knife crime has so we’re proud to be part of the #BladeFree initiative.
“There are a huge range of fantastic services and groups across the borough, some of who have already committed their support to the campaign. Including Knowsley Youth Mutual, C.E.L.L.S, and Centre 63, their pledge demonstrates the power and dedication of our communities to tackle this serious issue and offer young people positive and potentially life-changing opportunities.
“We look forward to building safer communities together.”
Through #BladeFree young people will be directed towards a range of local clubs and activities accessible across Merseyside, which Merseyside Police hope will give them hope, ambition and opportunity, and most importantly the knowledge and confidence to make the right decisions in the future.
This will be the first campaign for ‘Our Merseyside’, which is a regional initiative to encourage people (young or old) and organisations to work together to bring pride and opportunity to Merseyside and help keep our people and our streets safe.
How can I get involved with the #BladeFree campaign?
Anyone, and everyone, can pledge their support to #BladeFree. If you provide services, groups and opportunities that could help young people, please visit OurMerseyside.org. You can also follow @OurMerseyside on social media.