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Dorset Police is once again taking part in a national campaign, raising awareness around knife carrying and knife crime, including enhanced enforcement, engagement and education.

The campaign, led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), will run from Monday 13 May 2024 to Sunday 19 May 2024.

A key focus of the week will be to raise awareness around the consequences and dangers of carrying a knife. Some people think they will be safer if they carry a knife, when actually they may be putting themselves in more danger and may even end up being injured by their own knife.

During the week, various education activities will be taking place to raise awareness around knife crime and knife carrying, including the use of knife arches in schools, colleges and public spaces.

Test purchases of knives will be taking place with local retailers. The Force will be engaging with retailers, ensuring they are aware of who they are selling knives to and confirm they are following the appropriate safety guidelines for legal selling and distribution.

Knife surrender bins will also be provided at Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth Police Stations during the week of activity. Those who carry knives are encouraged to surrender them without question or repercussions from police, to help keep themselves and others safe. To find the address and opening hours of these police stations, please go to

This national campaign also falls within the Safer BCP eight weeks of action against knife crime campaign, taking place in memory of Cameron Hamilton and Tom Roberts who were both victims of knife crime and tragically lost their lives in Bournemouth. Various activities are taking place across the county until 15 June 2024 which are being supported by Dorset Police.

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If you have any information or concerns about someone carrying a knife, please report it to Dorset Police online via the website

You can also report any information anonymously to CrimeStoppers UK on 0800 555111. Your information could help save a life.Retailers can visit this website for guidance on selling knives: