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Operation Sceptre: Have that conversation

February 14, 2018
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Talking about knife crime with your nearest and dearest can be one of the most powerful ways to help them stay safe.

The force is supporting the national knife crime campaign, Operation Sceptre, this week, by highlighting some key advice for friends and family.

Whether you suspect your loved one may carry a knife or not, having a conversation about the subject can help put both your minds at ease.

You will probably have seen knife crime cases in the news and it is understandable that some people may feel worried about it. But in reality, knife crime offences affect less than 0.001% of people across the county.

So there is a huge difference between the perception and the reality.

We would never downplay the importance of tackling the issue because for the families of those affected by knife crime it can be life-changing. But at the same time, it is important that people don't have an unrealistic view which disproportionately raises their fear of knife crime.

Some people who we arrest in possession of knives tell us they carry them for 'protection' because of a fear of crime. However this is a completely misguided belief. Carrying a knife does not protect you - it puts you more at risk of coming to harm.

There is no need to carry a knife in Nottinghamshire - it is a safe place to live, work and visit. Nottingham recently secured Purple Flag accreditation for an eighth consecutive year which recognises that it is a safe and vibrant city.

We all want to go about our lives without fearing our children, brothers, sisters, mums and dads may come to harm.

And clearly if fewer people carry knives in the first place there are fewer chances for that to happen - for example by a fight quickly escalating out of control because of the presence of knives.

That is why it is so important that we have a conversation with our loved ones about knife crime because parents, family members or friends are much more likely to be able to influence the people they love and help them stay safe.

There are a wealth of organisations who can offer advice and support on how to approach the issue, such as Fearless www.fearless.org.

#LivesNotKnives #OperationSceptre #StopKnifeCrime

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