Derbyshire police offer chance to Drop the Knife as part of the national Operation Sceptre

Alert message sent 07/03/2019 16:34:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


We are offering people the chance to ‘Drop the Knife’ next week (Monday, March 11 – Sunday, March 17) as part of a national anti-knife crime initiative Operation Sceptre.

This is an opportunity, to safely discard bladed weapons that could come in to the hands of those that would cause harm to others.

Inspector Richard Keene of Derbyshire police, explained: “For the last four years our officers have worked hard across the county on Project Zao, an initiative to reduce knife crime in the county.

“The initiative, part of our strategy to make Derbyshire safer, is a multi-stranded involving education, engagement and enforcement and our message has always been clear about the dangers of carrying a knife.

“We hope that by offering this opportunity it is a chance for parents, carers and friends to have discussions about the dangers of carrying a knife and that it is handed rather than causing serious harm or killing someone.”

Bins will be placed at police stations across the county and staff will be on hand to safely handle any bladed weapons handed in.

Yvonne Upton, a mum of a 21-year-old knife crime murder victim, said: “I think this is a great idea, any knife off the street is potentially going to save a life and stop the misery that our family and Connor’s friends have had to go through.

“If you are carrying a knife or know someone who is I would please urge you to take this opportunity to drop it in one of the bins at the police stations.”

Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “It’s critical that we tackle knife crime from all angles and this opportunity to hand knives in to the police, disposing of them safely, is just one strand of the overall approach.
 
“I’m clear that enforcement alone is not enough, which is why I am funding a number of projects aimed at diverting young people away from crime and violence.  But let me be clear, knife crime is a national problem and if it is to be tackled effectively it needs additional funding, officers and resources. 

“I agree with CC Sara Thornton that this complex issue needs to be prioritised and treated as an emergency with some emergency funding.”

The bins will be at the following police stations across the county:

St Mary’s Wharf Police Station, Chester Green, Derby
Cotton Lane Police Station, Derby
Peartree Police Station, Peartree Road, Derby
Ilkeston Police Station, Heanor Road, Ilkeston
Swadlincote Police Station, Civic Way, Swadlincote
Buxton Police Station, Silverlands, Buxton
Chesterfield Police Station, Beetwell Street, Chesterfield

For opening time details visit www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us/Enquiry-Offices/Enquiry-Offices.aspx

If the police station is not open then contact can be made via the yellow telephone outside.

If you are concerned about Knife crime in your area, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team using any of the following non-emergency methods:

Always call 999 in an emergency.
 
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Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

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