Published: Friday, 12th May 2017

We participated in Operation Sceptre 8, the London-wide crackdown on knife crime.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich undertook various activities with the Metropolitan Police, between 1 to 7 May, including:

  • Weapons sweeps
  • Targeted hot spot patrols
  • Patrols to target those that habitually carry knives
  • Planning test purchase operations with Royal Greenwich Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police Cadets.

'Doing all we can to tackle knife crime'

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, said: "The Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to work hand-in-hand with the Metropolitan Police on doing all we can to tackle knife crime. Operation Sceptre 8 provided an invaluable opportunity to intensify our campaign and drive home the message that we will absolutely not tolerate this sort of crime."

'Take the strongest action to tackle knife crime'

Borough Commander Simon Dobinson added: "Knife crime is a London-wide problem and it warrants a concerted and coordinated London-wide response. We have had a very successful operation in Greenwich removing knives and the criminals carrying them off the streets and we will continue to take the strongest action with the Royal Borough of Greenwich to tackle knife crime head-on."

Street Violence Ruins Lives

The Royal Borough works in partnership with the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) on its 'Street Violence Ruins Lives' initiative. CACT run an awareness programme in schools, an estates based programme for young people identified as being involved in crime, and targeted specialist work with repeat offenders who are at risk of custodial sentences.

Find out more about Street Violence Ruins Lives (Charlton Athletic Community Trust website)

Help and guidance from local organisations on knife crime (Greenwich Community Directory website)