Newark: Operation Sceptre's national week of action on knife crime highlights Nottinghamshire Police's ongoing work with partners
Police made 20 knife-related arrests during a national week of action on knife crime.
Officers stopped and searched 121 people, carried out 45 weapons sweeps in open spaces and seized 26 knives during arrests, warrants and proactive operations.
A further 60 weapons were handed in during Operation Sceptre's national week of action on knife crime, which ran between November 9 and 15.
The scale of the campaign was impacted by national social distancing rules due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, amnesty bins were sited in seven police stations across the county enabling members of the public to drop off their unwanted knives without having to come into close contact with people.
The latest official figures show that knife crime in Nottinghamshire reduced by 11% in the year end to June 2020.
Nottinghamshire’s fall in knife crime was in stark contrast to the regional and national picture (regional average rise of 7% and fall of only 1% across England and Wales).
Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It’s very encouraging to see that our co-ordinated multi-agency approach to tackling knife crime is making a difference but we’re still working very hard all year round to drive down violent crime even further.
"I'd like to thank the public of Nottinghamshire for their continued support as we continue to tackle knife crime by working together.
“We will never be complacent. Even one incident where someone is injured by a knife is one too many and we all need to make it clear that carrying knives on our streets will not be tolerated.
“As our covid-compliant Operation Sceptre activity has demonstrated, we are determined to continue to reduce knife crime despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
“While the number of knives handed in was understandably much lower than previous campaigns due to the national covid restrictions, each knife we’ve been able to remove from circulation represents a potential to save lives.
“As well as showing how seriously we continue to take knife crime, during Operation Sceptre week we’ve also shone a light on the vast range of work the force and its partners, including the Violence Reduction Unit, are doing in collaboration to make our streets safer by tackling violence and preventing young people from carrying knives.
“One area where we need the help of the general public is making sure our young people understand the consequences of carrying or using a weapon and feel they have someone to talk to about their worries and concerns.
“We urge parents and carers to talk openly to their children about the dangers of carrying knives and the life-changing consequences that knife crime can have on them, their family and friends and their community.
“We all need to work together to combat knife crime and we’re urging anyone with information on knife crime in their local community to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.”
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, chair of the county’s Violence Reduction Unit, said: “Operation Sceptre is just a snapshot of the huge amount of work that goes on every day in Nottinghamshire to rid our streets of knives.
“Every knife has a potentially fatal use if in the wrong hands. The weapons recovered during this week of action will no longer be able to do harm.
“Even though knife crime continues to fall in Nottinghamshire, there will be no let-up in the pace and magnitude of our prevention work and we will continue to work together with our partners to exploit opportunities to stop young people carrying knives.”