Ditch the Blade online chat on Wednesday 18th May

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Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

This week, to support Operation Sceptre, a national week of knife crime prevention and education, we will be promoting the Ditch the Blade campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of knives, and how young people and their families can seek advice and support.

Although officers are working to tackle knife crime every day of the year, this week will see increased promotion of the topic to raise awareness within the community to encourage conversations and dispel myths. 99% of 10 to 29 year olds don’t carry a knife, however we know that some young people feel pressured to carry, or carry out of fear, putting themselves in danger as their knife may be used against them.

Working with partners, we will be highlighting the impact of knife crime through engagement and advice, whilst operationally using intelligence-led deployments, weapons sweeps and high-visibility patrols to target and disrupt offenders who carry and use knives.

To support friends and families with their concerns about knife crime, an online chat will take place on Wednesday 18 May, from 7pm-8pm. Officers and support agencies will be on hand to answer any queries, which can be submitted completely anonymously. If you would like to get involved you can submit your question in advance, or on the night by clicking here https://app.sli.do/event/62T86GHnuDoJui3zF3wy9q

In addition, to encourage the safe disposal of knives, knife amnesty bins are located across the County:
  • Burton Police Station (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Cannock Police Station (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Longton Police Station (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Hanley Fire and Police Station (any time)

If you would like advice or support on this topic, please visit our website www.staffordshire.police.uk/ditchtheblade

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Emma Ray (Staffordshire Police, Communications Officer, Staffordshire)

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