Today I attended the Birmingham Knife surrender Launch at the New testament Church of God Lozellls Road Birmingham which is one of three location of these knife bins, the other two being at The New testament Church of God Spring Hill ( The Rock) and the other at their Goosemoor Lane Erdington Branch.
The vent was hosted by former Police Authority Chair Bishop Derek Webley and was seen as a community driven event following initial representations from fellow activist Raj Rattu which I supported publicly.
As you all know we have lost some of our young people in this City owing the knife crime and we need a joined up Community approach in order to tackle this deadly disease that at times plague our streets and neighbourhoods.
Clearly from presentation made today by all including Police & Crime Commissioner Bob Jones there is a clear need for all of us to take responsibility and made this work.
I personally, see this as a beginning, we have a lot of work to do in order to develop this programme which is here for at least 6 months and may increase to twelve, indeed other areas that have piloted this scheme run by ‘Word for Weapons’ which has been effective in parts of London, could be extended even longer, however, it is up to us to make it work.
The New Testament Church of God, have kindly agreed to locate the initial three bins on their properties in order to launch the scheme, we all have to make this work.
Knives can be deposited at anytime anonymously and they will be melted down by ‘Word for Weapons’ and turned into items such as the key in the photograph of myself and founder Micheal Smith.
This is a beginning, we can make this work by being united and importantly, our children are the ones that matter, so we must never give up.