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Out of the blue: Police Sergeant Ryan Powell on Operation Sceptre

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The week commencing September 16 saw Thames Valley Police engage in the national Operation Sceptre campaign.
We here in the Royal Borough focused our activity around strong engagement of those vulnerable to knife crime, community prevention and the robust pursuit of those carrying weapons.

During the course of the week:

  • We recovered two knives on community knife sweeps.
  •  We engaged with secondary school aged children as they went to school or college.
  • Nearly 30 knives were handed in to our police stations.
  • Our police cadets and the Royal Borough trading standards team conducted a knife crime test purchase operation. One retailer sadly failed, although 10 others passed so we do take some positives from that. The national failure rate is around a third.
  • We conducted two warrants, targeting habitual weapon carriers.
  • We arrested seven people, resulting in charges of supplying drugs, money laundering and other offences. Some investigations are still ongoing.
  • We hosted a crime prevention stand in Windsor town centre.
    We conducted a joint operation with the British Transport Police at Maidenhead Railway Station, resulting in the arrest of one individual and 46 stop searches.
  • A further 49 stop searches were conducted elsewhere.
    We as a police force are committed to tackling knife crime.
  • Over the next few weeks and months we will continue our activity, which I am sure is ensuring the Royal Borough is a hostile place for knife carriers.
  • There is, however, more work to be done, and we can only do that with the continuing support of partners and the public.
  • Please do keep getting in touch if you are worried about anyone carrying weapons on our streets.
    Your reports save lives.

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