Last week, officers across the country came together to raise awareness of knife crime and the efforts that are ongoing to tackle this issue.
Operation Sceptre is a week-long national campaign to target those carrying weapons, prevent knife related offences, raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime, and provide young people with more positive alternatives to crime.
The Merseyside Police social media channels have detailed activity across the region, which have included school visits, open land searches, high visibility policing, warrants and test purchase operations.
Across Merseyside, 44 people were arrested, 23 knives were recovered, over 1000 young people were involved in school events, 240 retailer visits took place and there were 72 searches of open spaces.
Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said, “Tackling knife crime is a priority for Merseyside Police. This specific week of action provided us with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on this issue – to highlight the work officers and partner agencies carry out day in day out to tackle knife-related crime.
“Merseyside Police know we cannot tackle this issue alone. With our continued determination and support from partner agencies and the public, I have no doubt we can positively impact our communities to ensure the safety of all those living in and visiting our region.”
If you have information about someone carrying a knife or know someone involved in crime, get in touch @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.