Our aim to prevent and tackle knife crime in Cambridgeshire is to;
prevent people from engaging in knife crime
protect the public from knife crime
reduce the impact of knife crime
disrupt and prosecute those carrying knives.
In order to achieve these aims, we carry out;
proactive work targeting habitual knife carriers (HKC) including stopping and searching them
intelligence led weapon sweeps – this involves retrieving weapons that have been hidden in the community by those intending to use them later
stop and searches in knife hotspot areas
operations to arrest those wanted in connection with knife crime
knife amnesties which involve amnesty bins being located at police stations across the county and encouraging members of the public to hand in their weapons without fear of prosecution
visits to schools across the counties and deliver educational presentations to young people in a bid to make them think about the decisions they make and the consequences with the aim of deterring them from getting into a life of crime
awareness media campaigns focussing on the effects of carrying a knife and current legislation.
Carrying a knife
Are you feeling pressurised to carry a knife?
If you find yourself involved in a gang and your friends carry knives, maybe you’re under pressure to do so as well. Your friends might tell you that you'll be respected or even feared for carrying a weapon. Maybe they say you'll need it for protection. But all it really does is put you and your friends in greater danger.
Perhaps there's more to it than that - maybe you feel threatened by your friends and feel you need to carry a weapon for your own protection. What could be happening is that you're being bullied into doing something you don't want to do.
If you don't take a knife with you, it can't be used
walking away is often the hardest thing to do, but it’s the safest and won't get you into trouble with the police
it is illegal to carry a knife and if caught you could face up to four years in prison
if you do feel pressured to carry a knife, speak to someone you trust like a family member, teacher or police officer to get support.
Two strikes and you’re out
Changes to the law means adults convicted of carrying a bladed article more than once now face a minimum of six months in jail, with the maximum penalty being four years. For young offenders aged 16 and 17, the minimum penalty is four months detention and a training order.
Parents and carers
It’s important for parents and carers to speak to their children in an age appropriate way about the dangers of knife crime.
Very few people actually carry knives. The perception can be, particularly among young people, that the issue is greater and that carrying a knife is commonplace.
By carrying a knife you actually put yourself at more risk of serious harm and there is a real chance of being prosecuted.