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Derbyshire police take part in Operation Sceptre

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Officers up and down the county will this week be taking part in Operation Sceptre, a week-long national campaign against knife crime.

Some of this activity will not be so publicly obvious, however during the week you may see officers, such as these pictured in Swadlincote, conducting sweeps of public places.

Superintendent Sarah McAughtrie, the operational lead for knife crime across Derbyshire explained: “Clearly our officers are busy at this time dealing with the unprecedented situation that the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic has caused in our communities, however our fight against knife crime still continues.

“We will react to intelligence about anyone suspected of carrying a knife in public, which includes using our stop and search powers where appropriate.

“Public places are being searched as we know that offenders sometimes hide their weapons to avoid being searched and we want to remove these from harm’s way.

“We are happy to be taking part in the national Operational Sceptre but our work to reduce knife crime continues throughout the year.”

The officers pictured are part of the Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood Team conducting knife sweeps on Eureka Park and The Woodlands, today, Monday, March 23.

Operation Sceptre runs from today, March 23 until Sunday, March 29.
 
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