Police forces across England and Wales are united in a week of action targeting knife crime from the root cause right through to enforcement as part of Operation Sceptre. Now in its eighth year, Operation Sceptre galvanises activity by dedicating a week to intensified activity twice a year.
Operation Sceptre showcases the many varied and impactful ways in which policing is working to reduce knife crime and tackle violence. Commander Stephen Clayman is the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime. Speaking at the launch of this week’s action, he said,
“In previous operational roles, I spent a number of years leading homicide investigations and dealing with the harsh consequences of knife crime and the devastation it brings to families, friends and communities.”
He spoke about the complexities of tackling knife crime and the number of people inside and outside policing who are committed to reducing harm in communities. He added, “Sceptre is an opportunity to really focus on our efforts to tackle knife crime at a number of levels – from engaging with young people in schools to proactive patrols and knife sweeps. As ever, partnership working is integral to our approach and this week will also shine a spotlight on the many initiatives where policing joins charities, local organisations and government to bring real change for our communities. This is an ongoing mission and one which needs collective ambition, energy and patience.”