This week Northamptonshire Police is taking part in the national knife crime initiative Op Sceptre.
All 43 police forces and the British Transport Police will take part in intensified efforts to crack down on knife-enabled crime and violence.
Throughout the week of action, our officers will be focusing on the different strands of education, engagement, prevention, and enforcement, all of which play a part in helping to reduce knife crime.
Officers from our Neighbourhood Teams will be out and about with the Beat Buses during the week, offering advice and in a number of instances knife amnesties.
Teams will also be visiting schools and colleges throughout the week to provide education inputs to children and young people about the dangers of carrying knives.
Superintendent Steve Freeman, who is leading this week’s activity, said: “It’s important to remember that most of us do not carry knives and are likely never to be affected by knife crime.
“However, sadly we have also seen the harm caused to families and communities through the tragic loss of life relating to knife crime. It is devastating, which is why it is a matter of priority to us.
“Tackling knife crime and the associated violence are things we continuously work on, but this week will allow our Neighbourhood Teams to really focus on how we can make a difference to the communities we serve.”
As well as engagement activity, officers will be out and about patrolling in communities which have previously been affected by knife crime, as well as conducting disruption visits to people we believe carry weapons.
Supt Freeman added: “Choosing to carry a knife can only lead to negative consequences, you’re more likely to get injured or stabbed yourself and you could end up with a criminal record if you’re found to be in possession of one.
“We’re sending a message to those who think it is ok to carry a knife and inflict violence in our communities: we will not tolerate this. You will end up facing significant consequences if you continue to carry one.”
Prevention is the best cure. If you are aware of anyone who carries a knife or have concerns that someone you know may carry a knife, please report it to police or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.