Knife Crime Awareness Week
16th to 22nd September 2019
Cheshire Constabulary is taking part in a national campaign to take knives off the streets and educate people about the dangers of carrying weapons.
Held from Monday 16 September to Sunday 22 September, Operation Sceptre aims to reduce the impact of knife crime in communities.
Cheshire has one of the lowest rates of knife crime in England and statistics show that the number of serious knife offences committed in the county decreased by nearly 15 per cent from the year ending July 2018 to the year ending July 2019. The force is determined to further reduce the number of weapons carried on Cheshire’s streets.ves held during the national week of action.
Sarah Heath, Cheshire Constabulary’s superintendent for tackling weapons and reducing serious harm, said: “Nationally knife crime is a growing problem and the week-long Operation Sceptre campaign is a national initiative that the force is always more than happy to take part in and embrace.
“We are proud of the fact that Cheshire has a lower rate of knife crime than most other counties in England but our aim is for weapon-free streets throughout the county.
“The national week of action is an opportunity to showcase some of the initiatives we use to tackle the use of knives and other weapons. This is a priority for us and I would like to reassure people that this work continues throughout the year.
“We work closely with partners, the third sector, youth representatives and community members to create a structured approach to collectively address the complex issues associated with knife crime and habitual knife carrying.
“We have also implemented longer term strategies to empower communities and support young people through education and intervention.
“We will continue to work together to make Cheshire a county where no-one wants to, or feels that they need to, carry a knife or any other weapon.”
Family and friends also have an important role to play. If you know someone who carries a knife then reporting it to the police could be enough to save a life.
Retailers are also urged to have robust controls on the sale of blades, such as kitchen knives.
It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18 and anyone found carrying a knife in public, without a reasonable excuse, faces a prison sentence.
To report any type of crime involving weapons call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be passed to the force online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries.
Anyone who knows someone that carries a knife can report it to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.