Thames Valley Police has conducted a series of activities in support of Operation Sceptre, the national week of action to reduce the threat of knife crime.
As part of a national knife crime week of action that ran from Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May, the public were reminded of the permanent knife amnesty bins placed in public spaces and police station across the Thames Valley. This was to prevent unwanted knives from finding their way onto the streets. In total 741 knives were handed in.
A number of other proactive activities were undertaken across the force to tackle knife crime including:
- 550 targeted patrols in areas identified to have higher levels of violence or knife crime issues
- 302 educational engagements with young people and local communities
- 150 stop searches carried out
- 78 test purchase operations
- 54 knife related arrests
407 knives and bladed articles were handed in to amnesty bins across Buckinghamshire.
Chief Inspector Jade Hewitt, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported this week of action and all those who continue to support us in tackling knife crime and working to make our communities a safer place.”
“Throughout the week, there has been an increased police presence in our communities, with officers engaging specifically around knife crime and working in partnership with businesses, the community and young people to disrupt and reduce the threat of knife crime across the Thames Valley.
“We continue to deliver robust enforcement to target the small number of people involved in knife crime and associated criminality. It is through both early intervention and targeted policing activity that we can work together to address the root causes of violence and use preventive initiatives to divert people from crime.”
If you need to report a knife related crime, please report it to us online via our website or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency if there is an immediate danger to life.
Alternatively, you can report information 100% anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.