Cleveland Police Supports National #StopKnifeCrime Campaign

Cleveland Police is once again supporting a national awareness campaign under the name Operation Sceptre in a bid to tackle knife crime.

1 The latest campaign begins today, Monday 12th February, and ends on Friday 16th February.

Over the last few years, the Force has successfully supported this operation and in the past, members of the public were asked to surrender knives during amnesties without fear of prosecution.

More recently, officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been visiting local schools to raise awareness of the dangers of knives and sharp objects to young people.

They will also be visiting local traders that supply knives to highlight their responsibilities when selling them to ensure that knives don’t get into the wrong hands.

In 2017, police in Cleveland received over 460 knife crime related reports. Of those 461 knife crimes, 294 crimes were for assault, 131 crimes were robberies and three were attempted murders.

Chief Inspector Jason Dickson said: “Operation Sceptre has always been a successful campaign in Cleveland. The aim of the operation is to reduce the risk of violent crime taking place as knives and sharp objects can be extremely dangerous or deadly if they are in the wrong hands.

“As a Force our focus is to take a proactive approach to the campaign and we have been visiting local schools and businesses to speak to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of knife crime. This aims to deter young people from crime and warns local traders to be responsible when selling knives.

“It is important that we continue to work with partners to prevent crime and to raise awareness of the dangers of it to keep Cleveland safe and I am positive that this campaign will be another success.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, added: 

“The national knife crime campaign is a great opportunity for the Force to raise awareness of the dangers of knives and sharp implements and how harmful and deadly they can be to our local communities.

“I’ve always supported this campaign and I firmly believe that Cleveland will be much safer as a result.” 
If you have information about knife crime please contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.