Dorset teens to be taught about the dangers of carrying knives

Dorset teens to be taught about the dangers of carrying knives

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:17am 25th September 2019.

Work should start by the end of this school term on a programme to persuade young people in Dorset not to carry knives.

Two organisations will be working in the county’s schools to spread information about the dangers of carrying knives for self-defence. 

Research has shown that many do so, never intending to use the weapons.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill says now that his office has a better understanding of the problem, he has asked two organisations to work with the county’s youngsters to persuade them of the dangers of carrying a knife.

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He told councillors on Tuesday at a meeting of the police and crime panel that he hoped the work would be in place by the end of this term.

He said:

"Whilst the nature of the issues faced in Dorset are naturally very different to those experienced in our major cities we do face our own specific challenges locally and I will work with the force and partners to implement appropriate responses. 

"One area that I am keen to focus on is education and prevention to ensure that younger members of our communities here do not get drawn into the types of behaviours witnessed elsewhere, particularly in feeling the need to carry knives or other weapons to feel safe."

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter