Derbyshire police delighted with results of latest knife surrender initiative

Published on: Saturday, 30th March 2019

Officers fighting knife crime in Derbyshire are ‘delighted’ with the results of the latest knife surrender initiative.

Earlier this month, between Monday, March 11 and Sunday, March 17, Derbyshire Constabulary offered people the chance to ‘Drop the Knife’ next as part of a national anti-knife crime initiative Operation Sceptre.

This was an opportunity, to safely discard bladed weapons that could have otherwise come in to the hands of those that would cause harm to others, with sites including Ilkeston Police Station on Heanor Road, offering a safe disposal facility.  A total of 520 knives were placed in to bins situated in police stations across the county.

Inspector Richard Keene of Derbyshire police who leads on Project Zao, an initiative to reduce knife crime in the county, explained: “The surrender scheme was held as part of our ongoing Project Zao and to support the national initiative, Operation Sceptre.  I am delighted that it has resulted in so many knives being taken out of harm’s way.

“We are not naive enough to think that we have had hardened criminals coming in and handing in their weapons but every one of the knives surrendered is a potential lethal weapon that will now be disposed of.  This is an excellent example of how we can work together with the public to make Derbyshire safer.

“Project Zao will continue with its mixture of education, engagement and enforcement.”

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