Operation Sceptre knife crime campaign

Date published: 11 March 2019 15:39

This week (Monday 11 March), the force is supporting Operation Sceptre, a national operation and week of activity aimed at reducing knife crime and the number of families affected by knife crime.

There will be lots of high profile activity happening across the county, which you can keep  up to date with by following #DropTheKnife and #OpSceptre on our social media channels.

Watch Detective Superintendent Una Jennings, force lead for armed criminality, as she explains more about what the week of action is about and how the force is tackling knife related criminality.

Carrying any type of knife is a crime and could land you in prison.

Not only can knives cause injury or death, but just carrying one could result in a prison sentence of up to four years.

In this short video, we're highlighting what you think is an innocent night out can result in you being on the ‘sharp side’ of the law for the rest of your life, from taking a knife out with you, even it’s just ‘for protection’.

Did you know?

  • If you carry a knife, even if it’s for your own protection or for someone else, you will be arrested and prosecuted
  • Possession of a knife carries a prison sentence of up to four years, even if it's not used, and you will get a criminal record
  • If you stab somebody and they die, you could face a life sentence
  • Some people carry knives to protect themselves and 'keep safe'. But if you carry a knife you are much more likely to use it and to get stabbed yourself
  • There is no ‘safe place’ to stab someone. A wound in the arm or leg can still be life-threatening. If a knife punctures an artery you can bleed to death within a minute
  • Police can and will search anyone they believe is carrying a knife.

For further information relating to knife crime please visit our violent crime page here.

If you have information about anyone carrying or using knives please contact 101, tell us about it online or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

To view our Knife Crime Strategy in Sheffield for South Yorkshire, click here