Knife crime to be tackled in week-long campaign
Norfolk Police is taking part in a national week-long operation to tackle the issue of knife crime.
Between Monday 17 July and and Saturday 22 July 2017,‘Operation Sceptre’ will be targeting offenders who use and carry knives as well as highlighting the risks of carrying a bladed weapon.
Officers across the county will be carrying out high-visibility patrols to disrupt crime gangs and associated gang activity who carry and use knives.
PCSOs will also be visiting a number of high schools in Norfolk to engage with children, highlighting to young people the dangers of carrying knives.
This is part of a long-running, rolling programme of knife crime talks delivered in all secondary schools across Norfolk by Safer Schools Partnership Officers who work closely with their schools to address wide-ranging issues of safeguarding, behaviour and risk.
Leaflets and posters will also be distributed across communities, libraries and schools.
Superintendent Dave Buckley, lead for Operation Sceptre at Norfolk Police, said: "We are committed in tackling the issue of knife crime in the county.
"Fortunately offences where knives are involved are rare, but where they have been used, we have seen devastating consequences for both victims and families.
"Our message to offenders is simple - if you are found illegally in possession of a knife, you will be arrested, put before the court and brought to justice.
"Knives do not keep you safe. By carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger, being more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself.
"This week of activity is part of our ongoing commitment to disrupt criminal gangs and take as many knives and weapons off our streets as possible.”
Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green who in March launched the innovative StreetDoctors project to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime in the county, has backed the week-long campaign.
"When it comes to tackling any kind of crime, preventative strategies have a vital part to play," said Mr Green.
"It's crucial we educate our young people about the dangers of knife crime - whether as a victim or an offender.
"It is vital young people understand that individual actions have consequences and where knife crime is concerned, those consequences, for all involved, can be severe."
The PCC funded initiative, delivered by registered charity StreetDoctors, and led by Norfolk Constabulary, provides those taking part with education and advice, with the aim of changing attitudes towards violence and helping them take responsibility for their own actions.
Some 110 young people from Norwich and Great Yarmouth took part in the first training sessions held in Norwich during March, with more opportunities to follow in 2018 and 2019.
Anyone with information on knife crime in their local community is asked to contact Norfolk Police on 101, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.