Superintendent Adam Ward explains Op Sceptre - our dedicated operation to reduce and tackle knife crime

Op Sceptre is Northamptonshire Police's campaign to tackle knife crime. While the vast majority of people don't carry knives or get involved with knife crime, we are working hard, with partner agencies, to tackle the knife crime offences that occur and to help prevent them from happening in the first place.

Knife crime is any crime that involves a knife whether it is used or not and some examples include:

  • Carrying a knife
  • Threatening someone with a knife
  • Intending to hurt someone with a knife
  • Using a knife to injure or kill someone
  • Thieves carrying knives during a robbery or burglary
  • The involvement of a knife or knives in gang-related offences
  • Someone under 18 trying to buy a knife

The idea that carrying a knife for protection is not a good one. It could end up being used against you potentially causing you a serious injury or even death and you could end up doing the same to someone else. f you don't carry a knife these things can't happen in the first place and you, and those around you, are safer.

Even carrying a knife in a public place can result in a maximum prison sentence of four years, depending on the circumstances, and there is a minimum sentence of six months if you are found carrying one more than once. Getting a criminal record can affect the rest of your life, from job prospects to travelling to certain countries.

People who use a knife to injure someone face long prison sentences - ultimately life sentences for murder and in some Section 18 GBH offences.  Also, people who are present when someone is injured or killed by a knife by someone else can be prosecuted and potentially be sent to prison for murder - this is called 'joint enterprise'.

It's just not worth it!

If you are worried about someone you know carrying a knife, want to talk to someone about knife crime or ask advice please call 101 - always call 999 in an emergency such as when a crime is in progress and/or someone is in immediate danger.