Last week Warwickshire police officers actively contributed to Operation Sceptre; a national campaign that brings forces together in a coordinated period of intensification to tackle knife crime.
From 26 April to 2 May, officers took part in over 25 community initiatives focusing on key themes including knife crime prevention and education as well as targeted operations alongside partner agencies.
Examples included knife sweeps in the county’s greenspaces, presentations to schools, targeted leafleting campaigns, engagement with local retailers and test purchase operations to ensure that knives are not being sold to under 18s.
A major focus was to raise awareness of impacts and consequences associated with carrying a knife and to provide a safe and anonymous disposal mechanism. ‘No questions asked’ surrender bins were located at Nuneaton, Rugby and Leamington Spa police stations and Safer Neighbourhood Teams were working in the community with ‘pop up’ surrender bins at various strategic locations.
The number of knives that were surrendered in the county is currently being collated and both local and national results will be announced on 6 May.
Superintendent Mike Smith said “Operation Sceptre puts the spotlight on the devastating impacts of knife crime and encourages anyone who may be tempted to carry a knife for whatever reason, to think again.
We are determined to tackle knife crime and will continue with proactive policing to prevent incidents and bring offenders to justice.
Everyone has their part to play in building safer communities and I’d like to thank local people for their continued support. It is vital that anyone with concerns or information comes forward; a seemingly small piece of information could ultimately save a life.”
If you have concerns about knife crime in your area you can get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. If you would like to make a report about someone carrying a knife then please call Warwickshire Police on 101 or report it online. Always call 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting it online.