Derbyshire police take fight against knife crime to local schools

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Our local Safer Neighbourhood teams are taking the fight against knife crime to local schools.
As part of Project Zao, a Derbyshire led scheme to reduce knife crime, the teams are visiting both primary and secondary schools across the county to warn students of the dangers of carrying a knife.
This week we are supporting Operation Sceptre a national knife crime campaign and as such PCSO Kelsey Mumford from our Spondon Safer Neighbourhood Team has been visiting West Park School.
Yesterday, Monday, March 11, she spoke to 278 Year 9 students whilst today she has delivered the same input to 251 year 10 students.
Inspector Richard Keene, who leads on Project Zao, said: “The action shows that our fight against knife crime is more than arresting or stop-searching people.
“We realise that the issue is complex and that young people, in particular, are tempted to carry a knife for many reasons. These
inputs are designed to quash those myths and spell out the dangers of doing so not only in terms of their own safety but also the consequences of being arrested and having a conviction.”
If you are concerned about knife crime in your area or have information about someone who is carrying a knife contact us using the following non-emergency methods:
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting
Always ring 999 in an emergency.
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Paul Cannon (Divisional Comms officer, Staff, South Division)

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