London launches operation Spectre to stop knife crime, stop laughing this is serious

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Published on Apr 23, 2018
We launched Operation Sceptre in July 2015 with the aim of reducing knife crime and the number families affected by knife crime across the whole of London. The launch was designed to coincide with new legislation that means that those convicted of carrying a knife for the second time will face a mandatory custodial sentence. Operation Sceptre seeks to target not only those who carry and use knives, but also the supply, access and importation of weapons.

During phase six of Operation Sceptre in October 2016 we conducted the highest number of anti knife-crime activities on London boroughs since the initiative was launched and as a result took 399 weapons off the streets, the highest number since Sceptre began.

In total we have conducted 5791 Weapon Sweeps and 700 Test Purchase operations in shops that sell knives. A total of 4565 stop and searches were conducted during those six weeks resulting in 793 arrests [from stop and search alone].

The operation has resulted in a total of 2294 arrests, 473 of which were for possession of a knife or weapon and the recovery and removal of 1435 weapons from the streets of London.

In addition to enforcement activity, officers from the Trident & Area Crime Command created and deliver four educational packages to young people in schools across London. The packages aim to help young people think about the decisions they make, and the consequences of their actions with the aim of deterring them from joining gangs and getting into a life of crime.

In an effort to take knives off the streets we are working with Word 4 Weapons - a charity that has 30 knife surrender bins located at various sites across London. There are also bins available at a number of police stations.

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