Sussex Police mobile display on Knife Crime

Police were at Tesco this afternoon speaking with young people about knife crime

Young people across Sussex will be part of a conversation to about knife crime during a week-long national campaign.

Officers will be visiting schools, colleges and youth events in order to inform and educate young people about how to act if they feel pressure to carry a knife, and what to do if they feel in danger.

The campaign, named Operation Sceptre running between 11-17 March, supports the work Sussex Police carry out all year round to ensure residents are safe from knife crime in their communities.

Operation Sceptre, originally started by the Metropolitan Police Service, is a twice-yearly run campaign that aims to tackle the danger that knife crime poses by educating those most at risk and carrying out proactive work that takes knives off our streets.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “We are keenly aware of how much focus knife crime is getting in the media at the moment. We now need everyone to help continue keeping our county safe.”

“Operation Sceptre gives us a chance to talk about knife crime in a realistic and open fashion: we want to give young people the chance to stay safe, we do not want to demonise them. It is imperative we remind them they have choices in life, and that help is out there if they do not feel safe.”

“Talk to the young people in your life, drop off your dangerous and unwanted blades to our knife amnesty bins, and if you need to talk to someone anonymously, Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555 111. As always, you can report crime online, or via 101. In an emergency, always call 999.”

As well as the educational side, targeted patrols will take place across the county with officers working alongside British Transport Police. There is also other planned activity with days of action, working alongside other partners allowing us to talk about the dangers of knife crime and engage with those at risk of carrying knives.

There is also a knife amnesty where people are encouraged to drop off their dangerous or unwanted knives and blades at police stations across Sussex. These amnesty bins are in place all year round, and there will be no consequences if weapons are disposed of safely here.

Knife amnesty bins are located at the Uckfield and Crowborough.

Test purchasing will be carried out throughout Sussex, where officers, PCSOs and cadets will mystery shop to see which premises allow them to buy knives without their age being asked for.