Southend: Using knife arches to combat knife crime
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Some of our Southend officers were out patrolling in the Coleman Street area today and talking to residents, following recent incidents there. They also took along a knife arch and set it up at the entrance to Chiltern Flats.
Sergeant Dave Gardiner, of Southend Community Policing Team, says he and his officers work closely with South Essex Homes, who manage homes on the estate.
“We do take a knife arch out regularly around the district and South Essex Homes asked us to bring it along today.
“Knife arches are just one ‘tool’ we use to combat knife crime. Not only do they discourage people who want to use knives, they also provide a talking point for local residents, who come up to chat to us and ask how they work.
“And that’s always good as we pick up a lot of local knowledge and information that way.”
Sergeant Dave Gardiner
If you have any information about knife or drug-related crime, we want to know what you know. Tell us via our website at www.essex.police.uk or ring us on 101. Always ring 999 in an emergency.
You can find out more about our work under Operation Sceptre to tackle serious violent crime, including knife and drug-related crime, and how we’re working with partners to help keep you safe: www.essex.police.uk/opsceptre