Thames Valley Police commission rap to help combat serious youth violence
 
Thames Valley Police has commissioned, with the help of young artists, a
music video to help convey anti-violence messages to young people, a year
after  riots and disorder happened across the country.
 
The internet video campaign was posted on YouTube, two months ago and
already has thousands of views.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpLeEis7D_8
 
In an attempt to engage with young people, through, targetted peer-to-peer
communication, Thames Valley Polce has been working with volunteers to
release the thought-provoking rap single, ‘An Eye for an Eye.’
 
Ch Insp Colin Seaton said: “During the riots that happened across the
country last year, we had some pockets of disorder in the Thames Valley area,
including some in High Wycombe.
 
“Since then, we have also had some serious, high profile crimes happen in
the town, including a shooting where young people were involved.
 
“In order to prevent further escalation, we decided we needed to do
everything possible to really engage with the young people in our
community.
 
“We are working closely with our partners, including the local authority
and local schools, to educate and inform both young people and relevant
adults.
We also wanted to communicate with any potential gang members directly through
this rap video.
 
“Five rappers and two producers, who all volunteered their time for free,
used their skills and expertise to help us portray our thoughts and
messages.
 
“A police instigated rap perhaps isn’t the most attractive proposition for
a young person so until now we have let it circulate locally online, through
social media channels and by word-of-mouth.
 
“The music video aims to encourage people to think about their actions and
understand the consequences of their behaviour before it is too late. Any money
raised from downloads will be going towards the Ben Kinsella knife crime charity
and local community projects.”
 
DJ Lomotes who produced the track, comments:
“The track features hotly tipped grime artists Lola Coca, Styler, Sicx, Dimples
and Treasure, and aims to put an end to serious youth violence.
“Centering on the notion that ‘An eye for
an eye makes the world go blind’
, the track not only highlights the
never-ending cycle of consequences, retaliation and revenge crimes has but also
hopes to inspire today’s youth with into making better life choices.
“From the outset, I didn’t just want to be
another person talking about the problem of gang-related crime. I actually
wanted help make a difference and I believe this single has the capability to do
just that.”
‘An Eye for an Eye’ is available to download from iTunes
and Amazon
now and the video can be found on YouTube.
Message sent
by
Claire Gourlay (Police,
Corporate Comms Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

13TH AUGUST 2012

 

Safe Communities Survey | Wokingham  Borough

Wokingham Borough are working with Thames Valley Police to make
your community safer.  Would you please take a few minutes to complete the
online survey - your time is appreciated.
The link for the survey is
 
 
Message
ends
Message sent
by
Christine Seal (Police, NHW
& Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Wokingham LPA)



6th August 2012
 
Thames Valley Police commission rap to help combat serious youth
violence
 
Thames Valley Police has commissioned, with the help of young artists, a
music video to help convey anti-violence messages to young people, a year
after riots and disorder happened across the country.
 
The internet video campaign was posted on YouTube, two months ago and
already has thousands of views.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpLeEis7D_8
 
In an attempt to engage with young people, through, targetted peer-to-peer
communication, Thames Valley Police has been working with volunteers to
release the thought-provoking rap single, ‘An Eye for an Eye.’
 
Ch Insp Colin Seaton said: “During the riots that happened across the
country last year, we had some pockets of disorder in the Thames Valley area,
including some in High Wycombe.
 
“Since then, we have also had some serious, high profile crimes happen in
the town, including a shooting where young people were involved.
 
“In order to prevent further escalation, we decided we needed to do
everything possible to really engage with the young people in our
community.
 
“We are working closely with our partners, including the local authority
and local schools, to educate and inform both young people and relevant adults.
We also wanted to communicate with any potential gang members
directly through this rap video.
 
“Five rappers and two producers, who all volunteered their time for free,
used their skills and expertise to help us portray our thoughts and
messages.
 
“A police instigated rap perhaps isn’t the most attractive proposition for
a young person so until now we have let it circulate locally online, through
social media channels and by word-of-mouth.
 
“The music video aims to encourage people to think about their actions and
understand the consequences of their behaviour before it is too late.
Any money raised from downloads will be going towards the Ben Kinsella knife
 crime charity and local community projects.”
 
DJ Lomotes who produced the track, comments:
“The track features hotly tipped grime artists Lola Coca, Styler, Sicx, Dimples
and Treasure, and aims to put an end to serious youth violence.
“Centering on the notion that ‘An eye for an eye makes the world go blind’, the track not only highlights the never-ending cycle of consequences, retaliation and revenge crimes has but also
hopes to inspire today’s youth with into making better life choices.
“From the outset, I didn’t just want to be another person talking about the problem of gang-related crime. I actually wanted help make a difference and I believe this single has the capability to do just that.”
‘An Eye for an Eye’ is available to download from iTunes
and Amazon  now and the video can be found on YouTube.
Message sent by Claire Gourlay (Police, Corporate Comms Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

 

 

2ND JULY 2012

 

New front counter opening times come into effect across
the
ThamesValley on Monday 2 July, following a review of counter
services across the Force. The new hours can be viewed by finding your local
police station on the ‘your neighbourhood’ link on the left of the Thames Valley
Police homepage, or by clicking here to see all opening
hours
. A press release regarding the changes can also be found here

Message sent
by
Natalie Wallace (Police,
Corporate Comms Communications Officer, Thames Valley)



lst MAY 2012
I wanted to make you all aware of an exciting opportunity for the residents and businesses in Wokingham Borough. We are currently working with a private company to look at the feasibility of an independent Community Safety website for Wokingham. Please find enclosed a short communication that tells you a bit more about the concept.

I will keep you updated with how the project is progressing over the next few months.
 
With regards
 
Christian Bunt
Wokingham Police Area Commander 

 

 

Message as follows:


A Powerful New Community Channel – ‘Community Safety
Website and Virtual Beat’
Wokingham Council and Thames Valley Police have been asked to take the lead in trialling a new community safety focused website. The idea is to create a single website which empowers communities to connect and collaborate online around community safety issues. It will allow the local residential and business community to discuss neighbourhood concerns and organise local initiatives to combat and prevent community safety issues that are impacting upon them.
It will be independent of the police and local government and will be purely community driven. The website will encourage people to take an active role within their community with easy to find local projects and volunteering. The aim is that it will include information on what local action groups are doing and how the community can join in.
The website will be a powerful community channel in supporting local charities, mutual’s and social enterprises allowing these groups to have a much greater involvement and integration into the community and the running of the public services. It will be a source of community insights for local authorities and the police who would become better informed about public opinion through the online community’s discussions with them.
To get things started, the police and the council will be running a number of focus groups with a cross section of the community to identify what people would like the website to offer and how information could best be displayed on it. This is very much a website for the community and we want the community to be involved in deciding how it should work.
Depending on initial findings, it is hoped to launch a version of the proposed website as a pilot towards the end of September 2012. We will make sure that should the decision to pilot be made, we will publicise the launch date to ensure take up within the community and encourage feedback on how we can make it better.
We are currently working with the private sector to get this up and running and if it proves a success we will look at how we can get the site independently run and managed.
This is a very exciting opportunity for Wokingham. We look forward to providing you with more information as we develop this concept over the next few months.
 
Chief Inspector Christian Bunt Wokingham Police Commander
Mark Redfearn  Wokingham Borough Council Community Safety
Manager