National Week of Action to Tackle Knife Crime launched

Operation Sceptre, an initiative to tackle knife crime, starts today, Monday 14 November 2022.  Hampshire Police alongside, the British Transport Police will take part in intensified efforts to crack down on knife-enabled crime and violence.

Throughout the week of action, we will coordinate activity looking to target the root causes of knife crime. There will be focus on the different strands of education, engagement, prevention and enforcement, all of which are important in playing our part to reduce knife crime.

Early intervention will aim to stop those intent on carrying a knife and working with retailers, youth groups, charities and other partners are a vital part of a community led policing response.

Forces will continue to work closely with young people to further understand the reasons why individuals carry knives and also to educate them around the dangers of carrying one.

Most importantly, the week will aim to highlight that there are no positives to carrying a knife.

If you are aware of anyone who carries a knife or have concerns that someone you know may carry a knife, please report it to police via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.