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Sussex Police supported national knife campaign

19 Oct, 2018 16:02 News Force News
Sussex Police supported national knife campaign

A total 294 knives were handed in across Sussex during a week-long knife crime campaign.

A national campaign, Operation Sceptre, took place between 17 and 24 September, to tackle knife-related crime and highlight the risks of carrying knives.

The week-long campaign saw officers conducting high visibility patrols, conducting warrants and street briefings, providing advice at schools and test purchasing across Sussex.

As part of the campaign, members of the public were encouraged to hand in their unwanted knives or blades using the amnesty bins provided in front offices.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “Operation Sceptre is an important campaign that we are always pleased to give our support to.

“Our backing of this campaign is part of our ongoing commitment to address knife crime in Sussex.

“Thankfully we haven't seen a rise in knife crime like other areas of the country, but it is vital that we do not become complacent.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public, in particular young people, about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.

“Many people are still unaware of the consequences of carry a knife.

“Getting caught in possession of a knife in a public place could mean up to five years in prison. Educating and deterring those intent on carrying knives and blades should get people to think twice about picking up a knife.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne said: "I am pleased that Sussex Police continues to actively participate in this national campaign and the results speak for themselves, with a substantial rise in the number of knives handed in. Although the level of knife crime in Sussex is comparatively low, it’s still important to disrupt this type of criminal activity and take as many knives off our streets as possible.

“Our Youth Prevention Officers play a significant part in educating young people across our county about the dangers of getting involved in criminal behaviour like carrying knives and they succeed in strengthening the trust that young people have in the police. They have worked closely with local schools and have played a massive part in this campaign, engaging with young people and pushing home the vital message ‘lose the knife, not a life.”

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