Week of action launches to tackle knife crime
Offenders involved in knife crime will be the subject of targeted operations throughout this week, as officers from Essex Police take part in this summer’s nationwide Operation Sceptre.
Between Monday, July 17 and Saturday, July 22, activity in Essex will target and disrupt offenders who carry and use knives and other bladed weapons.
Operation Sceptre – which is led by the Metropolitan Police – is aimed at those who carry and use knives, with the added objective of cracking down on the supply, access and importation of weapons.
It is part of our ongoing work with partners to tackle gang crime and associated gang activity, as well as other violent crime, including domestic abuse.
Officers and Special Constables from local policing teams, the Operational Support Group and Operation Raptor teams, will be executing warrants, carrying out roadside checks and high-visibility patrols.
Where appropriate, they will be using intelligence-led stop and search powers.
They will also be working with Trading Standards teams to raise awareness among shop owners about the importance of challenging underage customers and selling knives and bladed objects within the law.