It is clear that we need to have a joined up thinking and develop a strategy on this basis. The communities of the City seem to always seem to be forgotten about and we have the ultimate responsibility in ensuring the we play our part in making our streets safer.
It's not always about throwing money at the problem, as this does not empower communities to stand up and take action.
The time has come for all parties to work together, as one death is one death too much.
We need the following:
A Knife Amnesty
A high Profile and continual Campaign against knife crime and violence generally.
Regular and Compulsory School input through Headteacher's, with support where necessary.
An Inquiry into Youth Violence to establish an effective strategy. We need this to understand the mindset of young people by listening to them, about why they carry knives. They are the only ones that can answer this.
A stop n search strategy, which is respectful and does not oppress any individual.
The Cooperation of Community Groups and captive audiences in houses of faith, concerts,Youth organisations etc.
Community Billboards against knife crime and youth violence, along with information packs, and continually getting the message out there.
Boost Community confidence when someone is spotted with a knife it is reported.
The cost of this should not be an implication as what is the cost of a human life, however, in times of austerity, we do not need fancy consultants to charge crazy fees.
We need joined up thinking which is not that expensive and I am sure that the people of this City are prepared to play their part.
Remember, one knife of the streets is one knife less, one life lost to knife crime is one life too much.