Posted on 16th October 2018
Officers from our Safer Neighbourhood teams across the city of Derby have been working with residents and partners, conducting knife sweeps in two of the city’s parks.
The work has been carried out as part of Project Zao a Derbyshire police led initiative to reduce knife crime in the county.
Inspector Rich Keene, who is leading Project Zao in Derby, said: “We often receive intelligence that shows us that people will hide knives in public places to reduce the chance of getting caught carrying them.
“Although we had no direct intelligence about these locations we wanted to be sure that the public were safe and no such weapons were present.
“We were really pleased to be joined by residents, Derby City Councillors and representatives from various sports groups on the sweeps and particularly pleased that no weapons were found.”
The two locations that were searched earlier this month were, Rykneld Rec in the Stockbrook area and The Racecourse in Chaddesden.
Inspector Keene continued: “Other such searches will be carried out in other areas of the city, Erewash and South Derbyshire and we are happy to hear from any community groups who would like to help us out. Our officers are trained in the safe handling of sharp, bladed instruments and so they handle any such objects that are found.
“We are also keen to hear from anyone who has information about people either carrying a knife or hiding it in a public place, any such information will be treated with the utmost of urgency and in confidence.”
If you have any information please contact us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org