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One of our Safer Neighbourhood Police Community Support Officer supervisors has reported pleasing results from the latest knife sweeps on a number of Derby parks.
Last Friday, May 24, officers from the Alvaston, Allenton, Sinfin and Osmaston Safer Neighbourhood Teams, joined forces with our specialist search teams from the Uniformed Task Force to search several parks across the east of the city.
The move was part of Project Zao, an initiative to reduce knife crime in the county.
PCSO supervisor Mark Cox, explains: “Part of Project Zao involves the targeted stop and search of those that we suspect of knives in public places. Intelligence suggests that to try and cut down the chances of being caught carrying a knife they are being hidden in parks and then collected.
“This is not something we want to happen because of the consequences of these weapons then being found and harming someone.
“So last week we carried out searches, with the help of our specialist search team, across a number of parks and public places to make sure that no such weapons were being hidden.
“We are pleased, that whilst we did find two hammers, no sharp bladed instruments were found.”
The locations searched were: Alvaston Park, Osmaston Park, The canal tow path running between Alvaston and Allenton, Kiwi Park, Redwood Park and the previous Moorfields children’s home site in Sinfin.
If you are concerned about knife crime in your community or have information about anyone who is carrying a knife please make contact with us using any of the following contact methods:
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org