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Officer Rob targeting a different audience.

PC ROB Pedley was working in his dream job when a snowboarding accident changed his life in 2008.

He joined the firearms department in 1998 because it was "the most demanding and physically challenging job" in the force.

Ten years later he was left paralysed from the chest down in a holiday accident in the French Alps.

Caught in a blizzard, he slid down a glaciated slope and plummeted off a ravine, falling 240-feet.

He landed on a ledge and suffered nine broken ribs, punctured lungs and four breaks in his back.

Incredibly, the married dad-of-three was back at work after just ten months and four years later he now leads the force's ground breaking Guns and Knives Take Lives project.

Rob said: "Part of my job for the last 12 months has involved going into secondary schools to share my story and experiences as an armed officer alongside people whose lives have been affected by weapons, gangs and violent crime.

"I let the children know that it's not like it is on the TV when you get shot in the leg and jump back up. There is no glamour in real life.

"My job is massively rewarding. I genuinely believe that I have achieved more since the accident than I otherwise would have done.

"It has taught me how precious life is and it has given me a completely different perspective."

The project starts with a video that shows scenes from computer game Grand Theft Auto, where someone is stabbed. The video then goes into real life news reports of stabbings and shootings.

As well as working with Year Nine pupils and sixth form -ers, the scheme has held events in the community and with scout groups.

Message: Rob Pedley now leads the force's ground-breaking Guns and Knives Take Lives project.

Rob added: "We will never know the impact on crime, but if just one child in an audience of 200 decides to not carry a knife or a gun, then it is worth it. "The next stage is getting into primary schools and getting the message across to younger people.

"We have also formed a link with Birmingham City University to roll the course out with student teachers.''


Message: Rob Pedley now leads the force's ground-breaking Guns and Knives Take Lives project.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 8, 2012
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