More than 80 operations and 378 arrests in last two months during knife crime crackdown
Over the last two months we’ve carried out more than 80 operations to tackle knife crime and serious violence in public places across the county.
We secured £1.76million from the Home Office in April to invest in our ongoing fight against serious violence.
We’ve used the money to continue Operation Sceptre Essex, our targeted crackdown on knife crime, which we began in April.
Since June, we’ve carried out more than 80 operations across the county, which have included extra patrols and knife sweeps, and made more than 378 arrests of people on suspicion of a variety of offences, including possession of weapons and possession of drugs with intent to supply.
We have also carried out more than 691 stop and searches and submitted more than 569 intelligence reports to help us build a picture around criminal activity and crime trends.
Our activities have included:
* Chelmsford and Maldon – 31 people arrested between Monday 29 July and Sunday 4 August as part of an operation to disrupt organised crime groups, drug supply and violent crime. Officers carried out 58 stop and search checks and spent 104 hours patrolling known hotspots for violent behaviour and drug dealing. It was the fifth operation of its kind in the Chelmsford and Maldon area since April 2018.
* Southend – One of the local policing team shifts targeted outstanding suspects who were wanted for violent offences and carried out extra patrols between Saturday 3 August and Monday 5 August. They made four arrests, carried out 37 stop and searches, responded to eight emergency calls, and submitted 20 intelligence reports to help build a picture around criminal activity and crime trends.
* Brentwood – 18 people were arrested during an operation on Wednesday 12 June to target those involved in the supply of cocaine.
* Extra intelligence-gathering patrols by our Op Raptor teams, who specialise in targeting drug gangs.
* Working with schools and colleges to raise children and young people’s awareness of knife crime.
* Working with partners to carry out test purchasing to ensure retailers are not selling knives to underage people.
Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman said: “Every day we have officers out across the county tackling violent crime and knife crime.
“This includes extra patrols, using stop and search powers, and gathering intelligence to help us target offenders.
“Information from the public is also really important in helping us identify offenders, as we can only tackle these issues as a community.”
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