Police are armed with steel detectors in newest bid to crackdown on knife epidemic sweeping streets of Britain
- West Midland Police to hold steel detector wands to sort out rise in knife crime
- Half of response vehicles to hold units to look criminals concealing weapons
- It comes after the area has highest degree of knife crime exterior of London
Sophie Legislation For Mailonline
Police will arm themselves with steel detectors in a bid to sort out a pointy rise in knife crime within the West Midlands.
It is the primary time officers have been issued with ‘wands’ as a part of plans to make use of cease and search powers to take lethal weapons off the road.
West Midlands Police shall be handed eighty knife wands following a latest House Workplace report that confirmed the area has the very best degree of knife crime exterior London.
And half of all response vehicles will even carry the units to make it harder for criminals to hide weapons.
PC Waqass Choudry with one of many steel detector wands. Police will arm themselves with the units in a bid to sort out a pointy rise in knife crime
Chief Superintendent Chris Todd mentioned: ‘Response groups throughout the drive area will profit however there shall be a give attention to these working in greater knife crime areas.
‘This funding implies that practically half of all our response vehicles will now carry knife wands.
‘It is a transfer that is been taken as a part of our wider work to sort out knife crime and to make it harder for folks to hide weapons.
‘The wands are efficient cease and search instruments and fewer intrusive for suspects.
‘They don’t seem to be a alternative for a radical private search of suspects as they’ll solely detect metallic weapons.’
Handheld steel detectors are already utilized in West Midlands Police custody blocks when reserving in detainees and in addition throughout devoted operations however that is the primary time models shall be geared up with the wands.
It is the primary time response officers have been issued with ‘wands’ as a part of plans to make use of cease and search powers – in an effort to take lethal weapons off the road
The £8,000 funding is from the drive’s Asset Restoration Fund, cash which has been seized by police from criminals beneath the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, mentioned: ‘Sadly, knife crime has elevated by 75 per cent since 2012. It means police are spending increasingly time tackling the issue.
‘As such, it is crucial exhausting working officers have the instruments to do the job we count on of them.
‘That’s the reason I am totally behind the choice to buy these knife wands utilizing cash seized from criminals. These knife wands will assist the police to maintain us all secure.’
In April the House Workplace printed figures that confirmed the variety of knife crimes had risen by greater than within the space coated by West Midlands Police
In April the House Workplace printed figures that confirmed the variety of knife crimes had risen by greater than within the space coated by West Midlands Police.
It comes as latest figures present that knife crime in Birmingham is at its highest in eight years – up 19 per cent since 2017.
And the West Midlands has seen the largest enhance in knife crime of any a part of the nation exterior London, with a complete of 52,176 crimes recorded in 2017.
In the meantime, knife possession offences have additionally rocketed by 159 per cent, in response to figures from police.