Metal de­tec­tors to help po­lice find hid­den knives

Sunday Express - - EPIDEMIC ON OUR STREETS - By Jon Austin

PO­LICE will be equipped with metal de­tec­tors to com­bat the knife crime epi­demic sweep­ing Bri­tain.

West Mid­lands Po­lice is tri­alling 80 knife wands to iden­tify more eas­ily any­one car­ry­ing a blade.

The force has the high­est amount of knife crime out­side London.

It will be the first time of­fi­cers have used the metal-de­tect­ing de­vices, to be used for stop and search pro­ce­dures.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Chris Todd said: “Re­sponse teams across the force re­gion will ben­e­fit but there will be a fo­cus on those op­er­at­ing in higher knife -crime areas.

“This in­vest­ment means that nearly half of all our re­sponse cars will now carry knife wands.

“It’s a move that’s been taken as part of our wider work to tackle knife crime and to make it more dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to con­ceal weapons.”

West Mid­lands Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner David Jamieson, said: “Sadly, knife crime has in­creased by 75 per cent since 2012. It means po­lice are spend­ing more and more time tack­ling the prob­lem.

“As such, it is im­por­tant hard­work­ing of­fi­cers have the tools to do the job we ex­pect of them.

“That is why I’m fully be­hind the decision to pur­chase these knife wands us­ing money seized from crim­i­nals.

“These knife wands will help the po­lice to keep us all safe.”

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