Knife arches deployed in city centre
Authorities in South Yorkshire have joined forces for Operation Sceptre, a week of action focused on tackling knife crime.
The initiative has seen South Yorkshire Police deploy drugs dogs and a number of knife arches across Doncaster city centre.
PCSOs have also been speaking to businesses and members of the public about violent crime.
Officers have also been carrying out stop searches and have also deployed knife arches in several locations in South Yorkshire.
Sergeant Jon Simpson said:
“Lots of people have been asking us why we’re in the city centre in greater numbers than usual which is great, it means we have the chance to talk to them about their worries, concerns or questions about violent crime.
“By combining stop searches, knife arches and the nose of a drugs dog, we’re in a great position to identify and deal with those who may be in possession of drugs or weapons.
“We have already seized quantities of controlled drugs this morning and our operation is continuing this evening and throughout the rest of the week.
“As the neighbourhood team for the city centre, we know that people do have concerns about knife crime and whilst incidents are rare, proactive policing methods such as stop searches and being visible are really important.
“In relation to the knife arches, they’re useful for us to carry out weapon sweeps and a great conversation starter, but they also help us identify individuals who might actively be avoiding them.”
A knife surrender bin is available at College Road Police Station in Doncaster.