Next week, national policing initiative Operation Sceptre returns to South Yorkshire in a bid to tackle knife-related criminality across the UK.
Starting on Tuesday (18 September), you can expect to see high visibility policing operations and an abundance of activity across South Yorkshire, as Detective Superintendent Una Jennings explains.
“Operation Sceptre is a nationwide operation designed to engage our communities alongside the police service, in tackling knife crime. Earlier this year we offered our support to the first national policing Operation Sceptre in South Yorkshire, which proved to be a great success, removing some 300 plus weapons from our streets and engaging with over 500k people over the course of the week.
“We’re offering our wholehearted support once more to this initiative, which coincides with our recent launch of our Forcewide Knife Crime Strategy and our ongoing ‘Drop the Knife’ campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.
“We recognise and accept that there has been a rise in violent crime across the UK and South Yorkshire is no exception. However, we also recognise that tackling knife crime is not solely a police responsibility.
“We are working relentlessly alongside our partners in health, local authorities and other agencies to better understand the root causes of knife-enabled crime and as part of our activity next week we’ll have officers delivering hard-hitting presentations at schools to our young people, to warn them about the significant and often life-changing consequences of carrying knives.
“It is encouraging to learn that since we introduced our public health approach towards knife-enabled crime in July last year, We have seen the first decreases in this type of criminality in over 4 years.
“There remains much to do, however, and we can’t do this alone. I’d urge our communities to really get behind next week’s initiative and support police and other agencies in our efforts to reduce knife crime and keep people safe.”
You can follow the police activity by following the hashtag #DropTheKnife and #StopKnifeCrime on Twitter, and liking the South Yorkshire Police Facebook page.
You can watch our Drop the Knife campaign video below.