Force to take part in national campaign against knife crime, Operation Sceptre
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Next week we will be supporting Operation Sceptre, the national week of action to tackle knife crime, from Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May.
Police teams across the county will be joining with our partners, speaking to young people in schools, conducting knife sweeps in public places and holding various events and activities to highlight the dangers of knife crime.
The week will also see a series of knife amnesties across the county.
Derbyshire Constabulary work all year round, in a variety of ways, to tackle the issue of knife crime.
Superintendent Sarah McAughtrie explained: “Derbyshire Constabulary work all year-round, to tackle the issue of knife crime as we understand the serious impact it has on all concerned.
"We want to take every opportunity to warn of the dangers of carrying knives and to take them off the streets.
"Operation Sceptre gives us an opportunity to spotlight that work."
The knife amnesties across the county will be in the following locations, dates and times:
Monday 16 May
11am – 1pm - Somercotes Village Hall
12midday – 2pm - Norfolk Square, Glossop
2 – 4pm – Arboretum Park, Derby
4 – 5pm – Grove Street car park, Normanton, Derby
5 – 6pm – B&M store car park, Stenson Road, Cavendish, Derby
Superintendent McAughtrie continued: "Of course we understand that these amnesties may not reach those intent on carrying a knife, however if it gets one potential lethal weapon off the streets of Derbyshire it is worth doing.
"Our officers will also be available at these locations to speak to anyone worried about someone they think may be carrying a knife."
If you know someone who is carrying a knife or other weapon please contact us via the following methods:
Facebook – send us a private message to our Facebook page Twitter – direct message our contact centre via @DerPolContact Website – We have several crime reporting tools on our website or use our online contact form Phone – call us on 101
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the Crimestoppers website.