Police Chiefs from around the country are set to meet with the Home Secretary tomorrow (6th March) in order to discuss what more can be done to halt the rise in the needless loss of life due to the increase in knife crime.
The meeting comes at a when the country is mourning the loss of so many young lives which have been so needlessly and so tragically lost as more and more
Chief Constable Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, has called for the increase in violent crime to be ‘treated like a national emergency’.
It comes at a time when the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has said that there is ‘no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers’ – a statement that has dumbfounded many rank-and-files officers who are on the front line of policing.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair CC Sara Thornton said:
“The tragic loss of young lives seen in recent weeks, and months, is incredibly serious. Rising violence needs to be treated like a national emergency.
“My thoughts are with the families and friends who are grieving for their loved ones.
“Bringing violence down is a police priority. Police tactics to tackle violence include targeted patrols in crime hotspots, stop and search, disrupting gangs and crime groups that drive violence and increased focus on county lines drug dealing.
“Over 650 children or young people have been safeguarded in the recent weeklong operation against county lines.
“The causes are complex, and so the solutions must involve action from government, education, health, social services, and communities themselves.
“We will meet the Home Secretary this week to talk about what more can be done.
“Part of the conversation will be about what investment in policing is needed to help us control and bring down violence in the short to medium term.
“But policing tactics won’t address the root causes of violence and stop the cycle.
“Investment in early intervention and support to families and children with all agencies playing their part must be at the centre of the response.”
Got a story, video or one-off blog that you would like to share with us?
You can contact our team of former emergency services & armed forces personnel either through our Facebook page, via Twitter ( @ES_News_ ) or you can contact us via email: email@example.com or call us on: 0115 888 0592
If you run or manage a ‘job’ social media account and you would like us to share one of your stories then send us a tweet or a message!
If you would like to write an article that you would like us to share (it can be about anything to do with the emergency services / NHS) whether you serve in the emergency services / NHS or whether you are a member of the public who has had a good experience with the emergency services, then feel free to contact our team; anonymously if you prefer.
We are proud to act as a voice for the emergency services, armed forces & health service, with over 500,000 people visiting our website each month.
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of our readers.
And remember, if you have a service, product or job vacancy that you would like to promote to our large readership, then you can buy advertising space in our articles.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.