Courts must back police on knives
On the face of it, the rise in knife crime on our streets seems a worrying trend. And images of seized blades tweeted by officers with the comment “taking knives off the street on every shift” do little to dispel the fear.
After all, knives seem to be the weapon of choice these days for those who might want to cause harm.
And they are inextricably linked to drug gangs, which is another ongoing challenge for police.
But the fact that our local officers are so-proactive in trying to keep our streets safe in some way accounts for the extra offences being recorded.
It is reassuring to know that our police teams operate such an active, robust, zero tolerance approach to the carrying of knives and the drug dealing culture that often goes with it.
And at a time of stretched resources, it clearly remains a priority.
But more of an issue is the sentencing of offenders for the carrying of knives, which one security boss at the sharp end of public protection in the night-time economy has been quick to criticise.
Oli Nonis, of Akon Security, is dismayed there is little evidence of the strict new tougher penalties, including instant jail terms for offenders.
Like him, we believe the courts need to take a robust approach and send out a message that it will not be tolerated.
‘It is reassuring to know that our police teams operate such a robust, zero tolerance approach’