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Met Special Constables step up in the fight against knife crime

News   •   Apr 01, 2020 13:43 BST

MSC officers patrolling Wembley

Metropolitan Police Special Constables [MSC] have boosted the fight against knife crime during a recent national phase of Operation Sceptre.

From 23 – 29 March, officers across London dedicated their time to helping supress knife crime and wider violence, and reassuring the public that despite the current pandemic, police are still performing their primary function of preventing crime and protecting lives.

Activity included efforts from the Met Special Constables, volunteer officers with the same powers as regular police officers, who took to the streets across the capital on Saturday, 28 March.

Four hundred MSC officers worked across a variety of boroughs including, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Wandsworth and Merton, carrying out patrols, making arrests and taking part in weapon sweeps.

One such weapon sweep in a park in south London saw the recovery of bolt cutters, a knife, a hammer and a mallet.

In addition, there were many more positive results, including:

- Six arrests for possession of drugs
- An arrest for possession of a knife
- Six knives recovered
- Nine quantities of drugs and drug paraphernalia recovered, plus a cannabis factory was discovered and closed down.

James Deller, Assistant Chief Officer of the Metropolitan Special Constabulary, said: “I would like to thank all the Special Constables across all the boroughs for their contribution to this week of action. The results from this one day alone were brilliant and are a great help toward making London safer.

"The Special’s contribution is greatly valued in their work alongside their full-time colleagues exercising all the same powers, supporting the service in engaging with the public and working together in helping to protect and prevent crime.

“While tackling violence remains a Met priority, there are of course other concerns at this time that can’t be ignored and the Special’s and the public’s commitment to keeping London safe is phenomenal.”

We need to hear from anyone who has information about crime, those who carry a weapon, or those who exploit others for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk. Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and Fearless: https://www.fearless.org/en.

The Met is currently recruiting and you can join us as a constable, a special or a volunteer. If you would like to do something real then join the service: www.met.police.uk/careers/