Police target the root causes of knife crime in North Yorkshire and York
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North Yorkshire Police will join forces across the country this week in an intensified effort to crack down on knife crime.
Operation Sceptre starts today, Monday 14 November, and will see co-ordinated activity to deal with the root causes of knife-enabled crime and violence.
In addition to robust enforcement and amnesty bins to get weapons off the streets, the week of action will include preventative work emphasising that there are no positives to carrying a knife.
Detective Superintendent Fran Naughton, from North Yorkshire Police, said: “Just one knife can result in a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities.
“The victims of knife crime are not only those who may lose their lives, but also the families and friends of both victims and offenders, who have to deal with the long-lasting consequences.
“Police officers see those consequences first-hand all too often, which is why we’re putting such an emphasis on early intervention and tackling the root causes of knife crime. That work continues all year round, but will be a particular focus as we take part in Operation Sceptre this week.
“Tackling the causes of knife crime is complex, and the police cannot do it alone. We’ll be working closely with schools, retailers, charities and many other partners. It’s through joint work with these organisations that we can really deliver change.”
Throughout the week, officers will intensify their work in education, engagement and prevention – as well as enforcement – all of which are important in reducing knife crime.
In addition, knife amnesty bins will be placed in police stations, with members of the public urged to dispose of any unwanted knives safely. Wrap them in thick paper or cardboard as a safety precaution, and bring them to York (Fulford Road), Scarborough, Malton, Northallerton, Richmond, Harrogate or Skipton Police Stations. You can simply deposit the knife in the bin, without having to give your name or any other details.
Officers will be visiting local schools to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime. They’ll highlight the risks and consequences of carrying a knife– and a criminal record can stop you being accepted into college or university, getting a job you want, or travelling to countries like the USA, Canada or Australia.
D/Supt Naughton added: “Families and loved ones are the closest to those who may be carrying a knife, and will be the first to see the signs. I’d ask them to take the bravest step, and seek help.
“If you are worried about someone carrying a knife, tell a family member, a teacher or youth worker, a police officer, or report it to the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
“To those who – despite everything – think it’s OK to carry a knife, the message is simple: we will not tolerate it, and you will end up facing significant consequences if you continue to carry one.”