The Metropolitan Police Service is taking part in the latest national phase of Operation Sceptre this week as part of the ongoing fight against knife crime. Officers across London will be employing a variety of tactics, including weapon sweeps and intelligence-led policing operations, in order to confiscate knives and target repeat knife crime offenders.
The Met is working with officers from the British Transport Police (BTP) and the City of London Police to support this activity, which runs from Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February. During the most recent week of Operation Sceptre activity within London, which took place between 15 and 21 January, officers recovered no less than 282 weapons (among them 186 knives).
David Musker (commander for Territorial Policing who’s overseeing the Operation Sceptre activity) said: “Regular and focused activity such as this is essential in helping to remove weapons from the streets of London. There’s no doubt that it makes a major contribution to the fight against knife crime.”
Superintendent Susan Peters from the BTP explained: “We’re supporting the national week of action across the country through community engagement and operations at transport hubs. A main focus for us will be talking to people at stations and on trains, and in particular younger people as statistics show that those aged between 16 and 25 are more likely to be carrying knives. We want people travelling on the railway network to feel safe and reassured by the action that BTP officers are taking alongside our colleagues in other forces and partner agencies.”
Inspector Richard Galvin from the City of London Police added: “The City of London Police is committed to working alongside its colleagues as part of the Operation Sceptre Task Force. As part of the pan-London approach towards tackling knife crime, we’re determined to deal with this problem wherever it may be found in the capital. Officers from across London will be working together on intelligence-led operations with one aim: to root out knife crime.”
*The Met urges anyone who’s concerned for someone involved in knife crime to visit the website at www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime
**Knife bins can also be found throughout London as part of the Met’s efforts to take knives off the streets. A map showing the location of knife bins across London is available on the website at http://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime