Police in Mansfield have seen sending out a clear message this week – that knives and other deadly weapons have no place on our streets.
Officers have been taking part in a series of local activities as part of Operation Sceptre, a week-long programme of action by police forces across the country.
On Tuesday and Wednesday members of the new Operation Reacher Team were deployed with a knife arch – a large metal detector people are required to walk through.
The device, flanked by uniformed officers, was set up outside Mansfield Bus Station on Tuesday and in Warsop High Street on Wednesday.
The team were also out again on Thursday evening searching for hidden weapons in various local parks. These searches take place because it is known that offenders often hide weapons in easily accessible locations so they don’t get caught carrying them.
Sergeant Jay Lee, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Knife crime has a devastating impact on the lives of victims, their families, and even the people who carry these offences out.
“Knife arches are not only a very effective way at finding people carrying knives (often because they take one look at the arch and change direction), they are also an effective deterrent because they make people think twice about coming out with a deadly weapon.
“Whilst we didn’t uncover any knives during these sweeps, we were able to make contact with many local people and send a very clear message – that if you do come out armed with a knife there is a very good chance you’ll get caught.”
Chief Inspector Steven O’Neill said: “Tackling violent and weapon enabled crime is a year-round priority for us but we have deployed some additional resources to this issue this week to provide visible reassurance to members of the public and a reminder to potential offenders that we take this issue extremely seriously.”