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Hertfordshire to carry out week of action on knife crime

19 Apr 2021
  • Hertfordshire to take part in national week of action on knife crime

  • Operation Sceptre will run from 26 April to 2 May

  • A knife amnesty will be running during the week

Hertfordshire Constabulary will conduct a week of action to combat knife crime between Monday 26 April and Sunday 2 May as part of Operation Sceptre, a national knife crime initiative.

Knife related crime remains lower in Hertfordshire than in other parts of the country, but the campaign aims to reinforce the message that carrying a knife is illegal and will not help to keep you safe.

During the week the Constabulary will be conducting activities aimed at reducing knife crime, including conducting knife sweeps and talking to retailers about making sure knives sales are age checked, as well as educating young people about the dangers of carrying a knife through engagement.

During the campaign, any knives in your possession that you do not want or should not have, can be surrendered at one of the following police stations: HatfieldStevenage or Watford. There will also be temporary knife bins in locations around the county and there are permanent surrender bins in Waltham Cross, details of which can be found on our amnesty page (opens in a new window).

Items can be surrendered anonymously during the amnesty in the knife bins provided, the locations and opening times of these stations can be found on our police stations page (opens in a new window).

Inspector Nicola Dean from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit, who is leading on the operational activity for Operation Sceptre, said: “Whilst knife crime has remained relatively low, due to the lockdowns, we want to take the opportunity to drive down the number of knives in circulation.

“Regular weeks of action are part of our wider strategy to tackle violent crime. During the week we will be conducting operations to reduce knife-related crime and to raise awareness of knife crime and that in most circumstances it is illegal to carry a knife in public and may lead to arrest.

“The week of action also provides opportunities to engage with young people about the dangers of carrying a knife and raise awareness amongst local businesses that selling certain knives to anyone under 18 is illegal.”

If you are concerned or have information about someone carrying knives or are aware of anyone involved in knife crime you can report this by calling the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101.

You can also report information online (opens in a new window), speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat (opens in a new window) or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/26999/21.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form (opens in a new window)

If you would like further information on support services relating to knife crime contact Fearless (opens in a new window).

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