More than 70 knives were collected and surrendered in Hertsmere as part of a week of action for Operation Sceptre, a national knife crime initiative (14 - 20 November).
Unwanted knives were surrendered at ten events held by the Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the borough during the week.
The teams also conducted knife sweeps in parks across the borough, looking for discarded or hidden knives. The sweeps proved to be negative.
During the week the volunteer Police Cadets, with the help of undercover officers, carried out a test purchasing operation where they attempted to purchase bladed items and alcohol from shops in the borough. Twenty-eight stores were visited, eight of which sold alcohol to children, and one sold a pair of scissors.
The proactive team, Operation Scorpion, were also out and about supporting the week, by stopping anyone who was suspected of being in possession of a knife. During the early hours of Saturday 19 November, officers from the team stopped a vehicle in Torworth Road, Borehamwood. A search of the vehicle was carried out and a knife and cannabis was seized. The two occupants, both men aged 19 and from Bushey and Borehamwood, were arrested for possession of a bladed article in a public place and possession of cannabis.
Safer Neighbourhood Inspector for Hertsmere, Rachael Robertson said: “I’m pleased to say that knife crime in Hertsmere remains low but we are always keen to engage fully with national Operation Sceptre targeted events as it provides us with the opportunity to carry out a focussed week of activity and engage further with our communities and businesses.
“The teams have had a busy week, holding operations and test purchasing events and this activity has paid off with knives removed from circulation.
“While it is disappointing that some businesses were found to be selling alcohol to children and one sold a pair of scissors, we have seen an improvement on our test purchase operations in the past where knives had been sold to our cadets. We are now working in partnership with our licensing colleagues at Hertsmere Borough Council to educate shop owners and workers on the strict restrictions around selling bladed items and alcohol to under 18s.”
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.