Dorset Police has taken part in Operation Sceptre, a national initiative to tackle knife crime.

The operation ran from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 November 2022.  All 43 police forces and the British Transport Police (BTP) took part in intensified efforts to crack down on alleged knife crime and violence.

During the week of action Dorset Police carried out high visibility patrols in known hotspots, and visited individuals known to carry a knife to provide information about the dangers and implications of knife crime. Several arrests were made in relation to offences involving knives.

Officers also teamed up with firearms officers and the Safer Schools Community Team to provide education in schools around knife crime. Fifteen schools and educational establishments were visited, with officers being able to talk with over 2,300 young people in various educational settings.

British Transport Police used a knife detection arch at Bournemouth Train Station to disrupt the transport of knives into our county.

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Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan, of Dorset Police said: “Knife crime is a top priority for Dorset Police. The Op Sceptre initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to reducing reported knife crime offences across the county. “We take all reports of knife crime very seriously and will continue to both educate the public and remove knives from the streets to pursue those who carry knives and commit offences with weapons. We encourage the public to continue to report any suspicions or concerns to Dorset Police or CrimeStoppers UK.”