More than 200 knives were handed in and more than 30 people were arrested during our week of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre.
A range of activities took place last week including knife arches, test purchasing, education events in schools and even a visit from the Home Secretary as Essex Police’s work to tackle the issue intensified.
218 knives were surrendered around the county while another 25 were located during searches of different areas.
Officers carried out 283 stop searches as well as nearly 80 events including visits to schools and youth centres.
Chief Inspector Scott Egerton, who co-ordinates Essex Police’s Operation Sceptre work, said: “This was a really positive week of action and we’ve seen fantastic support from our communities.
“Our work to tackle knife crime doesn’t stop there though. Every day we carry out prevention, enforcement and education work, with the support of other organisations, to tackle crime and safeguard vulnerable people.
“Taking knives off our streets is really important but so is education around the dangers of carrying a weapon. This is why our engagement with schools and youth centres is so important.”
If you know someone who is carrying a knife, call 101 or report online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online.
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org
Always call 999 in an emergency.