Operation Sceptre to tackle knife crime nationwide
12 February 2018 Local News
Officers across the county will be focusing on catching those using and carrying knives and educating young people to tackle the growing number of incidents.
A week-long campaign, which is part of the national Operation Sceptre campaign from 12-16 February, will see lots of proactive activity to tackle knife crime in the county. Sadly Staffordshire is like nearly all forces in the UK, with a repeated rise in knife crime year-on-year. In the last 12 months we saw a 15.7% increase in knife crimes, with a 30% increase the year before.
During the week you will see high visibility patrols in areas where knife crime is more common, increased stop checks and stop searches where powers allow, and schools and youth groups will be visited by officers to talk about the dangers of knife crime and how you can respond to a knife injury.
In response to local intelligence, there will also be an increased number of knife sweeps. Knife sweeps see officers, local officials from partner organisations and members of the community help to search areas for concealed weapons. The sweeps can sometimes unearth just one weapon, but it prevents that weapon being available for criminal activity and provides reassurance to the local community that the Police are cracking down on those that choose to use and carry weapons.
Superintendent Ricky Fields, head of operational services at Staffordshire Police, said: “We tackle the issue of knives every week of the year, but we are hopeful that this week we can help to stop the increasing trend of knife crime in Staffordshire and further afield.
“There will be lots of positive action from us and partners across the county to demonstrate how dangerous knives are and the consequences of carrying them, using them or just being in a group of people that use them.
“If you know someone that chooses to use or carry a knife, please call 101 in confidence or, for guaranteed anonymity, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Staffordshire Police will also be posting crime prevention updates and information on successful knife arrests throughout the week. You can follow the on their usual social media handles staffspolice or use the hashtag #stopknifecrime.