Commissioner learns about dangers of gun and knife crime

South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright
South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright Photo: South Yorkshire Police

Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright attended South Yorkshire Police’s flagship anti-gun and knife crime presentation, ‘Guns and Knives take Lives’ when it was presented to pupils at All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield.

The programme was first introduced in South Yorkshire in 2005 and is delivered to over 20,000 schoolchildren every year.

Delivered by operational firearms officers from South Yorkshire Police, it features a 90-minute, hard-hitting and impactive presentation which educates the children on the dangers of carrying and using these weapons as well as the following topics:

  • Law on knives
  • Knives and associated injuries including 'Claire's Story'
  • Practical advice
  • Law on guns
  • Gun shot injuries
  • Armed officer deployment and the role of armed police officers
  • Interactive excercise - the 'point 7' challenge
  • Law on using others to carry weapons
  • Advice on disposal of weapons
  • Consequences

Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, said: “The presentation is a fantastic initiative which has really made an impact in South Yorkshire. Gun and Knife crime can have a serious impact on individuals, their families and the wider communities and it’s important to educate children on the dangers and issues surrounding it.

“The presentation is really thought-provoking and you can see on the pupil’s faces, that the presentation is having a positive impact.”

– Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner

Carrying guns and knives, including air weapons and BB guns, can often lead to tragic consequences. We educate young people on these risks in our hard hitting approach, and we have seen a significant and sustained reduction in young people carrying weapons on the streets of South Yorkshire since the initiative began.”

– Inspector Rachel Usher, South Yorkshire Police's Firearms Support Group