Knife and blade amnesty and awareness operation

Knives handed in to Dyfed Powys Police in an amnesty in September 2018

Crackdown on knife-carrying by Welsh Police Forces

An operation to tackle the illegal possession of knives and blades in our communities is getting underway next week.

Operation Sceptre starts on Monday, a national week of action aimed at increasing awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.

Dyfed Powys Police will be putting knife amnesty bins around the force area for people to hand over knives or blades.

It is the second knife campaign the force has taken part in over the past six months. In a similar operation in September, 169 knives were handed in as part of the amnesty.

Superintendent for Specialist Operations with Dyfed Powys Police, Craig Templeton said:

“Carrying a knife is a crime which brings that added risk that a minor issue can escalate into something much more serious and potentially life changing.

“The damage caused by knives, not just to the victim and their families, but also to the wider community, can be devastating. We will be doing all we can to spread the message that carrying a knife is not ok.

“We are keen to reach out to members of the public who may have information about people who carry knives, and I would encourage anyone with information to have the confidence to comeforward and report it by calling 101.”

During the week, officers will be using their powers to stop and search individuals who are believed to be carrying knives. Educational visits to schools, colleges and youth clubs are also planned, to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.

Shops and businesses are being asked to put in robust controls on the sale of blades, such as kitchen knives, as part of the operation.

Supt Templeton said:

“While Dyfed-Powys has not experienced the high volume of knife-related incidents seen in other forces, we will be supporting our police colleagues nationally by taking part in Operation Sceptre.

“We will work with residents, partner agencies, the business community and schools to reduce the number of knives on our streets.”

A knife amnesty will run from March 11 to 17 with amnesty bins at certain police stations. No questions will be asked at the point of surrender, and no paperwork will be taken.

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