National Week of Action to Tackle Knife Crime launched
Operation Sceptre, an initiative to tackle knife crime, starts today, Monday 16th May. All 43 forces and the British Transport Police will take part in intensified efforts to crack down on knife-enabled crime and violence.
Throughout the week of action forces will coordinate activity looking to target the root causes of knife crime. There will be focus on the different strands of education, engagement, prevention and enforcement, all of which are important in playing our part to reduce knife crime.
Early intervention will aim to stop those intent on carrying a knife and working with retailers, youth groups, charities and other partners are a vital part of a community led policing response.
Forces will continue to work closely with young people to further understand the reasons why individuals carry knives and also to educate them around the dangers of carrying one.
Most importantly, the week will aim to highlight that there are no positives to carrying a knife.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, said:
“Knife crime has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities. During the pandemic we saw a decrease in knife enabled offences and we must use that momentum to continue to make our streets a safer place.
“Operation Sceptre will give a week of national focus on knife crime, forces across the country will work together with schools, hospitals, charities and other partner agencies, utilising every available tactic to make sure knives don’t make it on to our streets.
“There are no positives in carrying a knife and it is clear that knives do not keep you safe, by carrying a knife you are only putting yourself at greater risk.
“We want those who may be carrying a knife out of fear to come forward and speak with an adult that they can trust such as a police officer, a youth worker, a teacher at school or by calling Crimestoppers.”
If you are aware of anyone who carries a knife or have concerns that someone you know may carry a knife, please report it to police or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.