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Police help students understand dangers of knives as part of Op Sceptre
01 October 2018

Police help students understand dangers of knives as part of Op Sceptre

Students learned the dangers of knife crime as part of a national campaign by Wiltshire Police.

Officers from the force brought a ‘knife arch’, similar to an airport security scanner, to the Salisbury campus to use as a tool to help prevent knife crime, as well as chat to students as part of Op Sceptre.

PCSO Alan Aldersley-Byrne, the force Schools and Youth Liaison Supervisor, said: “Although knife crime in Wiltshire cannot be compared to that in London, it is important to raise awareness and highlight the dangers of carrying a knife.

“Coming to the Salisbury campus was a fantastic opportunity to engage with both tutors and students about the consequences of knife crime; regardless if an offensive weapon is used or not, carrying one out and about in public is still an offence.

"The students were at first, slightly concerned about why the ‘knife arch’ was in the Salisbury Campus courtyard, but once being informed about the work behind Op Sceptre and given the chance to walk through the arch structure, the questions came a mile a minute!

"I’d like to personally thank Wiltshire College & University Centre staff for allowing us time to interact with the young people and highlighting the national campaign to 'Bin the Knives' and also Salisbury CPT which came out to support the scheme.”

Luke Bennett, is a Level 2 Uniformed Public Services student, from Amesbury.

The 19-year-old said: “I’ve heard lots on the news about knife crime but I wasn’t aware that it was a big thing locally so that has been interesting to learn about and also have a chance to go through the knife arch.

“I’m considering a career with the police and so it has been great to have them here today to ask lot of questions and also I think it’s really good seeing the police and being a part of the community.”

Liz McKee, Deputy Safeguarding Lead at the Salisbury campus, said: “This event to raise awareness of the Op Sceptre campaign formed part of our safety awareness education for Salisbury.

“All the students who came along enjoyed taking part and engaged really well, understanding the important message being given by Wiltshire Police."