136 knives handed in as we intensified our efforts to tackle knife crime
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Surrey Police stepped up its activities to prevent and tackle knife crime across the county as part of the national initiative – Operation Sceptre.
Our officers and staff took part in the national week of action between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 May.
During the week of intensification activity, our neighbourhood policing teams joined partner agencies to hold nine community engagement events across the county, gave talks and speak to young people about their worries and concerns at 16 secondary schools, as well as also visiting 41 retailers to update them on the new legislation surrounding knife sales.
136 knives were safely removed from the streets after being handed in at one of our five knife banks, where people can surrender their knives or weapons without fear of arrest or questions being asked.
Other activities included weapon sweeps of known hotspot locations, resulting in officers recovering 18 knives and carrying out 48 stop and searches.
Detective Chief Inspector Amy Buffoni, who leads on tackling knife crime for Surrey Police, said:
“Operation Sceptre provides an opportunity for us all to work together to reduce the risk of knife crime. Preventing harm and the potential loss of life is a top priority for us and our colleagues across the country.
“Through engagement, education, prevention, and enforcement, we’ve been able to not only tackle knife-related offending but also ensure the next generation understand the risks of carrying a knife.
“Carrying a knife doesn’t keep you safe; in fact, it makes you more likely to be a victim of crime, or to end up in hospital or prison.
“It is important to reiterate we are making good progress on tackling knife crime in Surrey and it remains one of the safest places in the country. Keeping on top of the issue remains a priority for the Force.”
Our work to tackle knife crime doesn’t stop there and our teams continue to work around the clock every day of the year to tackle knife possession and violent crime in Surrey.
Do you have information about someone who carries a knife? You can help save a life by reporting what you know to police. Even tiny details can stop knife crime and keep your community safe. You can call us on 101 or if you’d prefer to remain anonymous, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or alternatively visit their website here.
Worried about a young person? For help and support as well as advice on how you could help them, visit #knifefree here.
If you are in danger or need immediate help, always call 999.
Save a life and surrender your knife. No questions, no arrest. We have knife banks located at the following locations in Surrey:
Staines Police Station (22 Kingston Rd, Staines, TW18 4LQ) – open every day, 8am to 10pm
Woking Civic Centre (Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, GU21 6YL) – open every day, 8am to 10pm
Guildford Police Station (Margaret Rd, Guildford, GU1 4QS – open every day, 8am to 10pm
Elmbridge Council Offices (Civic Centre, High St, Esher, KT10 9SD) – open Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5pm
Reigate Police Station (79 Reigate Rd, Reigate, RH2 0RY) – open every day, 8am to 10pm