Thames Valley Police were among those involved in Operation Sceptre, a national week of action, education and awareness-raising to tackle knife crime and violence which started on 13th November.
The force’s approach is to increase education and early intervention to stop young people getting involved in crime in the first place. Strong proactive policing also tackles those who carry knives.
All recorded knife crime is down 4% across the whole Thames Valley over the past 12 months. 1186 offences were recorded between 1 October 2022 and 31 October 2023.
The area is one of 20 with a Home Office-funded Violence Reduction Unit, a partnership of local councils, police, fire, education, health and community groups, with the aim of working together to prevent violence.
It also supports a range of early intervention projects, including a programme run by Wycombe Wanderers Foundation
A new mobile app sends officers to hotspot areas, providing a high visibility presence, putting officers in the right places at the right times.
There are knife amnesty bins at High Wycombe police station and between Frogmoor and Arch Way in the town centre.
Colin’s been on patrol with Sergeant Hedley Gabriel to find out more