Derbyshire police take part in knife crime initiative Operation Sceptre

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We will be joining other forces across the country this week taking part in the national ‘Operation Sceptre’, a week-long range of activities against knife crime.

Whilst the latest COVID regulations have meant that we have decided to postpone our planned knife amnesty, officers will still be taking other actions.

Inspector Rich Keene, operational lead for knife crime explains: “Operation Sceptre is a vital tool in our fight against knife crime and the causes of it and links closely with our on-going Project Zao.

“The action we take this week compliments our year-round campaign of education and enforcement on weapon enabled criminality. Derbyshire has been at the forefront in the battle against violence and its causes, with knife crime being one of our key priorities.

“We will be targeting those that carry knives and hope it starts up a positive dialogue between young people, their families, carers and educators. The message is clear - If you carry a knife we will focus on you relentlessly and when you are caught you will be subject of prosecution with positive action taken in every case.

“The safety of residents and strong communities are our priority and we will continue to work tirelessly with yourselves and partners to ensure that this is the case. We cannot afford any more lives being tragically and senselessly lost through knife crime and its potential effects on us all.”

Follow us during the week as we report on our officers targeting those suspected of carrying knives, take part in public place knife sweeps, visit local shops to give advice on the laws on selling knives and some exciting news as we work with our partners at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue.

If you are worried about someone you think is carrying a knife contact us using any of the following non-emergency contact methods:
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
Phone – call us on 101.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 
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