Suffolk Constabulary supports anti-knife crime campaign
Suffolk Constabulary is asking for the public’s help next week (w/c 16 September) to support them as they take part in Operation Sceptre, the national week of action against knife crime.
Everybody can really help officers to make a difference and #StopKnifeCrime - whether it’s talking to someone in their family about the dangers of carrying a knife, taking any bladed weapons or knives to one of our amnesty bins and disposing of then safely, or by telling police about anyone you believe is carrying a knife.
Officers from across Suffolk will use intelligence-led deployments and high-visibility patrols to target and disrupt offenders who carry and use knives. Our Schools Liaison Officers and Community Engagement Officers will continue to work with partners in delivering effective messaging and information into schools across Suffolk on Knife Crime, County Lines and Gangs during the week of action.
Knife amnesty bins across the county give people the opportunity to dispose of knives and blades safely. Since the Bin a Blade campaign was launched in 2011, well over 22,000 bladed items have been deposited and destroyed safely.
Three knife bins are located in Ipswich (outside the Fire Station, Queen’s Way and Bramford Road) and at police stations in Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Sudbury and Haverhill. A new knife amnesty bin was installed near the junction of Stricklands Road and Ipswich Street in Stowmarket in March. The Safer Neighbourhood Team in Saxmundham and Leiston will also be making use of a mobile amnesty bin.
Police see an increasing proportion of young people under the age of 20 being involved in knife crime and whilst this is a concern for us, it is important to caution against thinking that this is a widespread problem amongst all groups. It is also important not to exaggerate the scale of knife crime amongst young people as generating a disproportionate about of fear can actually contribute to more young people carrying knives.
Superintendent Kerry Cutler said:
"We need to give more support to our young people, more practical help and more skills to be streetwise without being at risk. We need to help them to have more hope and less fear. There is a duty on all of us to do more effectively and to do more now. Safe and secure communities in the future start with safety and security for all our young people. I continue to ask parents, carers and those people working with young people to talk to their children about the dangers of carrying knives and the terrible impact that knife crime can have on them, their friends, their family and their community’.
"Having a conversation with them about the dangers of carrying a knife may be difficult but talking and listening is critical to finding a solution to the growing problem we have seen nationally around knife crime.
"Simply listening and giving time to a young person can encourage them to think about their decisions and behaviour. "
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: "Operation Sceptre gives the constabulary an opportunity to raise awareness of knife crime and also give people an opportunity to deposit blades safely – I fully support this work.
"Awareness of the dangers of carrying a blade of any sort is crucially important and I would implore all parents to talk to their children about the dangers of knife crime.
"Knife crime is a growing problem here in Suffolk and it’s got to stop. Carrying a knife just doesn’t make you safe and sadly, as we all know, it can lead to dreadful consequences.”
For more information and advice regarding Having The Conversation see http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/personal-safety/knife-crime/having-c...
Anyone with information on knife crime in their local community is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.
For more information and advice about knife crime do look at our website -www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/personal-safety/knife-crime