From Monday 16 September the force is supporting Operation Sceptre, a national week of police activity aimed at reducing knife crime and the number of families affected by it.
There will be lots of high profile activity happening across the county, which you can keep up to date with by following #DropTheKnife and #OpSceptre on our social media channels.
Watch Detective Chief Inspector Paul Murphy explain more about the week of action and how the force is tackling knife-related criminality:
Do you have information that can help us keep the public safe?
Know someone who is carrying a knife, or a vulnerable person at risk of getting involved?
All information is useful, so please let us know. You can contact us using the following methods:
- Police: 101 (non-emergencies only - in an emergency always dial 999)
- Crimestoppers anonymous helpline: 0800 555 111
- Crimestoppers anonymous online form
Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Do you know the facts?
- Carrying a knife is illegal
- Even if it’s for your own protection or for someone else, you will be arrested and prosecuted
- Police can and will search anyone they believe is carrying a knife
- Possession of a knife carries a prison sentence of up to four years, even if it's not used
- If you stab somebody and they die, you could face a life sentence
- Carrying a knife does not protect you
- If you carry a knife you are much more likely to use it and to get stabbed yourself
- Around 1/3 of knife-related injuries are caused by the victim’s own knife
- There is no safe place to stab someone
- A wound in the arm or leg can still be life-threatening
- If a knife punctures an artery you can bleed to death within a minute
Is it worth the risk?
Don’t let fragile lives turn to knives
“Early interventions are key in terms of safeguarding vulnerable young people and ensuring they don’t fall into a path of criminality. “When it comes to tackling knife crime and its causes, everyone has a role to play. It should be a public health approach and it cannot be left solely to the police as often sadly, by the time we become involved, so much has been missed already.” Chief Superintendent Una Jennings, force lead for armed criminality
Understanding how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have a negative impact on a person’s later life is key to the force’s approach to tackling knife crime.
We all have a role in tackling them, as professionals, people and communities.
You can help reduce ACEs by:
- being ACE aware
- preventing household adversity
- supporting parents and families
- building resilience in children and wider communities
- creating an ACE aware community
- encouraging wider awareness and understanding about ACEs and their impact on health and behaviour
- using encounters with adults in services such as homelessness services, addiction, prison or maternity services, to also consider the impacts on their children or future children.
Other useful links: