This weekend officers will use special Section 60 stop and search powers to tackle knife crime in Sheffield.
There have been two very serious incidents this week and direct action has been taken in response to keep our communities safe and prevent further harm or loss of life.
The force has been granted the Section 60 authority under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which will be in place from 7pm this evening (Friday 25 May) to 6am on Saturday 26 May, with the option to extend across the bank holiday weekend.
It will be in force in the Lowedges and Manor areas of Sheffield as part of the forces fight against knife crime, and reviewed daily by a senior officer.
This authority will give our officers the power to stop and search people who they think are carrying offensive weapons, including knives.
When using these powers, officers do not have to have reasonable suspicion about the individual being stopped and searched. They are intended to deter people from carrying offensive weapons and keep everyone safe by preventing serious violence.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Barton said: “I understand the recent incidents will have shocked our local communities, and I would like to offer my up most commitment that knife crime will not be tolerated and we will take all appropriate steps to stop this.
“The decision we have taken to enforce this authority is primarily to reassure our communities, to continue to keep people safe and take action against anyone putting not only themselves, but others lives at risk by carrying a knife.
“I feel this action is necessary, proportionate and is what the community would expect from us in response to such a tragic week in Sheffield.
“This is just one of many measures we are taking, along with proactive operations, ongoing engagement and education events, partnership work and a dedicated #DropTheKnife campaign.
“However, we also need families, friends and members of the public to work with us to raise awareness of and provide education on the dangers of carrying knives and the devastating consequences they can have.
“I’d like to make it very clear that if you are found carrying a knife you will be arrested and you run the risk of facing up to four years in prison.
“Our number one priority is the safety of everyone and I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak to either us, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”