‘Everyone must work together to tackle knife crime in Sheffield’

Everyone has a role to play in tackling knife crime in Sheffield – that’s the message from police as a week-long operation to raise awareness continues.

By Sam Cooper
Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 2:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 2:43 pm
DCI Phil Etheridge.
DCI Phil Etheridge.

Det Chief Insp Phil Etheridge, South Yorkshire Police’s Sheffield crime manager, said officers will be carrying out open land searches, stop and searches and sessions in schools across the city as part of the national initiative Operation Sceptre.

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He said: “While a large part of our work throughout the week will be around enforcement, it’s also about educating the public about young people and why they might be involved in knife crime.

“Everyone has a role to play in tackling knife crime and its causes and by working together we can ensure Sheffield remains a safe place.

“We need the public to get behind this inititative, if you see us out and about this week please come and speak to us and find out more about what we’re doing.

“Knife crime has no place in our communities and we have dedicated teams working hard to identity those who are inviovled but also working closely with key organistations to help vulnerable young people who are more likely to become involved in this kind of criminality.”

Operation Sceptre runs across the country all week.