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West Midlands Gangs and Violence Report launch

An important report into the rise in gangs and violence in Birmingham will be launched at a special event at Villa Park on Thursday 7 December.

David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, is inviting stakeholders – including those from the community – to hear all about the report, which includes testimony from victims, young people, faith leaders, elders and key city leaders, all offering their wisdom in the search for solutions.

Back in March 2016, Jamieson launched the Gangs and Violence Commission in response to the spike in gun discharges and violent crime in Birmingham.

He says: “While it was important to get statutory partners involved and signed up to the process, I felt that the most important aspect of this work was that it needed to be community-led.

“That has been a significant part of this process. It has been an immense piece of work – and the report is representative of what the community have told us are the main issues for them, with recommendations to respond to those issues.

“This report is significant and is the most important piece of work carried out on this subject in Birmingham recently. It is wide ranging and the first report that puts the community at the heart of the response.

“I have said that, ‘we can’t arrest our way of out this situation’ and that is because we need a multi-agency, cross-cutting response to the issues that some of our communities are living with on a day to day basis.”

The launch will take place on Thursday, 7 December 2017 between 10-1pm at the Aston Villa Football Club Conference Centre, Villa Park, Birmingham B6 6HE. A copy of the summary report will be given out at the launch.

The afternoon session will take place between 2-5pm and is focused on young people. It includes activities and opportunities that will give them an insight into how we intend to implement the recommendations and how they can become involved in the work going forward.

You can confirm your attendance by contacting one of the team on 0121 626 6060 or by emailing russell.fletcher@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

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