More than 1,000 knives have been surrendered since Operation Sceptre began in the Avon & Somerset force area.
The operation, which began in October 2016, focuses on tackling the blight of knife crime and raising awareness of the impact it can have.
Alongside weapon sweeps, education and disruption techniques, the operation encourages people who may be carrying a knife or has an unwanted one to surrender them. So far 1,032 have been surrendered.
We have four permanent knife bins at the following locations:
- Patchway Custody Centre
- The Bridewell Police Station
- Bridgwater Police Station
- Keynsham Custody Centre
And the police have now installed a permanent surrender bin in Redbridge House in Bath.
The bin is located on the second floor but officers will not ask for any details and will put the knife in the bin if needed. Please note the enquiry office is still in Lewis House.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Knives do not keep you safe.
"By carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger, being more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself.
"It's crucial we educate our young people about the dangers of knife crime - whether as a victim or an offender individual actions have consequences and where knife crime is concerned the effects can be devastating.
"I fully support the Constabulary’s Operation Sceptre, we need to do all we can through education, peer pressure, policing and sentencing to make it absolutely clear that it’s never acceptable for a person to carry a knife or weapon.”
Force lead for knife crime Chief Inspector Zoe Chegwyn said: “I am pleased that more than 1,000 knives have now been handed in since October 2016.
“Taking these knives off the streets means they cannot be used to do serious harm.
“But there is still more work that needs to be done as we continue to spread the message that people who carry a weapon are more likely to be hospitalised themselves with an injury caused by violence.
“We want to stress that surrendering a knife so it’s off the street, or someone reporting if their friend is carrying a weapon, could save a life.
“I’d urge anyone who suspects someone of carrying a knife to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
Posted on Tuesday 30th October 2018