OFFICERS from North Yorkshire Police are determined to cut crime through their support of a national knife amnesty.
ACC Peter Bagshaw with two weapons
Throughout the period of the amnesty - which runs until Friday 30th June - members of the public are encouraged to dispose of knives and other bladed weapons into collection bins which have been placed in a number of police stations across the county.
The campaign is aimed at reducing the number of knives and offensive weapons in circulation, raising awareness of the dangers of a knife-carrying culture and promoting public safety.
And while it is accepted that hard-core offenders are unlikely to respond by surrendering their weapons, officers say that previous experience has shown that items such as flick-knives, swords and daggers will find their way into the collection points together with more conventional weapons such as craft and kitchen knives and the streets will be a whole lot safer in consequence.
Assistant Chief Constable Peter Bagshaw said: "The amnesty is an opportunity for people to dispose of weapons safely by handing them in at designated police stations without fear of prosecution, provided that the weapons have not been used in the commission of crime.
"We know that some people are carrying a knife in public places for reasons they describe as self-defence. They should be aware that they are committing a serious offence and there is always the possibility in the event of trouble that the knives could be turned on them.
"I also want to make it clear that this is not an amnesty for those who choose to arm themselves with bladed and other weapons. If people are willing to carry knives in public places, we have to assume that they are prepared to use them and this is not acceptable. Offenders in those circumstances will still be arrested and prosecuted."
Knives can be handed in at the following Police stations across the Dales area:
The amnesty is an opportunity for people to dispose of weapons safely by handing them in at designated police stations without fear of prosecution...
Peter Bagshaw - Assistant Chief Constable
Thirsk (Market Place office)
The safest way to carry the knives to the collection points is to wrap them in cardboard or thick paper.