Thames Valley Police, the police force that looks after law enforcement in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, have taken the unusual step of releasing their own grime single to discourage gang violence.
The track is titled ‘An Eye For An Eye’ and has been put together by local DJ LoMotes, along with grime artists Styler, Sicx, Dimples and Treasure, reports The Guardian.
The single has been put out to discourage gang violence and knife crime in the Thames Valley area and there is also a video for the track, which you can see at the bottom of the page.
The video was filmed in High Wycombe town centre and around local gang hot-spots. Speaking about the track, Thames Valley police detective inspector Colin Seaton said: “We were looking at targeting an age group of anything from 12 to 20 and so we needed something fresh and relevant and that young people would actually identify with.”
When asked why they’d taken the step of putting out a single, Seaton added: “Frankly, any stabbing is one too many. In our most recent shooting in January we made 12 arrests with the youngest just 12 years old, so anything we can do to prevent things like that happening we will. We can arrest people and lock them up but at the end of the day it’s more deep-rooted than that.”
DJ LeMotes has said that he plans to release a second single with Thames Valley Police and has even said he wants to collaborate with the force to set up their own music festival.