Officers up and down the county will this week be taking part in Operation Sceptre, the national week of intensification in the fight against Knife Crime
Some of this activity will not be so publicly obvious, however during the week you may see officers conducting sweeps of public places or taking part in other anti-knife crime activities.
Superintendent Sarah McAughtrie, the operational lead for knife crime across Derbyshire explained: “In Derbyshire we work tirelessly to reduce serious violence and knife crime all year round through our Project Zao, during this week we will be working together to do even more.
“We want the young people of the county to feel safe when they go out and to understand that carrying a knife brings with it more risk than protection.
“We work closely with Local Authorities and Schools to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime. The ‘drop the knife’ campaign works with those at risk of becoming involved to divert them to a better life by explaining the serious consequences that carrying a knife can have and the tragedy that can occur as a result. Our children deserve to thrive and shouldn’t be exposed to the devastation that the carrying of weapons bring.
“We also need the public to help us by looking out for each other and telling us if they have concerns about an individual who they believe may be considering carrying a weapon or actually doing so.
“We can act on that information to make sure everyone is equipped with the information to make the right decisions, decisions that can have a huge impact on their future.
“Operation Sceptre is a great opportunity to get people talking and to make people think twice.”
If you know or think someone is carrying a knife then please speak to someone and let us know using any of the following methods:
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact