Project Zao

Students were "arrested", handcuffed and placed in police vans during a knife crime awareness day.

Police officers and ambulance crews hosted a knife crime awareness event at Da Vinci which included mock searches and video presentations.

Forty members of the emergency services were on site to highlight the dangers of carrying a knife and how lives can spiral out of control as a result of them.

The event was held as part of our work with Derbyshire Police’s Project Zao initiative, which aims to raise awareness of knife crime and reduce knife-related incidents across the county.

It had been organised by a group of Da Vinci students following a conference held by Derbyshire police at Pride Park last February, which looked at how knife crime can impact on perpetrators, victims and their friends and families.

During the morning, students were arrested, handcuffed and placed in police vans. Dog handlers and officers using Tasers showed how police deal with people they encounter carrying knives and medics from the East Midlands Ambulance and St Johns Ambulance services demonstrated how to deal with knife-related injuries.

The initiative culminated in 7 of our students being commended for their determination, professionalism and commitment in organising the project at the Police Commissioner’s Awards Ceremony.  It was an event that educated hundreds of young people on the dangers of carrying a knife.  Well done, everyone!