Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is due to meet Nottingham’s best known Unsung Hero, Marcellus Baz, to see whether his inspirational approach to youth crime prevention in Nottinghamshire can be replicated in its neighbouring county.
The meeting, which takes place at the Nottingham School of Boxing at 163 Woodborough Road Nottingham NG3 1AX at 6pm this Thursday, 24 May, follows a lively discussion on the East Midlands Politics Show when both men were studio guests. During a debate on knife crime, Mr Baz invited the PCC to come along and see the techniques he uses to divert young people away from crime.
Mr Dhindsa is particularly interested to learn more about the work of the anti-knife crime Community Interest Company run by Mr Baz, ‘Switch Up’, which uses tried and tested mentoring techniques along with physical training to steer young people in a positive direction and away from gangs and criminality. This work includes an outreach service, mentoring, peer mentoring, accredited non-formal education and through-the-gate resettlement mentoring for young people serving custodial sentences.
Mr Dhindsa said he was looking forward to the meeting. “I am very well aware of the power of sport in teaching young people life skills, discipline and commitment,” he added. “Baz’s track record is inspirational and I am very keen to see whether we can replicate his approach in Derbyshire.”
Members of the press are welcome to attend.
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Posted on Wednesday 23rd May 2018