Category: Patrols

Operation Sceptre

Operation Sceptre

Tower Hamlets Police have sent us an up-date on the result of operation sceptre, an initiative designed to ramp up activity to suppress knife crime and wider violence

Met Communication

A vast range of activity was carried out by officers across the Met, including targeted patrols in violence hotspots; warrants to target high harm offenders; and weapons sweeps in areas known for stashed weapons.
Officers also worked closely with British Transport Police during knife arch deployments at transport hubs, aimed at deterring people from carrying weapons and drugs on the train and tube network. Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology was also used by Met and City of London officers, targeting those carrying and supplying drugs on the roads in and out of London.
Crucially, there was also a focus on education, diversion and prevention, with officers engaging with 10,563 young people; community members and business owners.
While conducting community weapons sweeps, local officers worked side-by-side with community members, listening to their concerns and searching for hidden or discarded weapons. Officers, Met Special Constables and Volunteer Police Cadets also carried out 290 retailer visits to educate businesses and ensure they were not – and do not in the future – selling knives irresponsibly.
In total, the operation, which ran from Monday, 15 November to Sunday, 21 November 2021, resulted in (Met-Wide):
• 290 knives recovered;
• 937 arrests;
• 82 warrants executed;
• 186 community meetings and educational events, engaging with 1,206 individuals;
• 264 school presentations and engagements, involving 8,063 young people;
• 2,745 weapon sweeps.

We wanted to let you know our local results for this week of intensification, for Tower Hamlets and Hackney,
which are as follows:
137 weapon sweeps.
13 knives found.
51 arrests with 11 for weapon offences.
18 test purchases

We visited all of our Habitual Knife Carriers who were engaged with by our integrated gangs unit or Violence Suppression Unit.

Over 1200 children engaged with through schools presentations or the Junior Citizenship Programme.
Our local plan was led by our Violence Suppression Unit and supported by partners at both Tower Hamlets and Hackney local authorities. We send our gratitude to all of our partners who supported the initiatives across the week.

We all have a part to play in tackling violent crime, and we encourage you to share the following information amongst your organisation/teams:
Taking a stand can be as simple as giving information about crime or those who carry a weapon. Any information you give to Crimestoppers can make a difference in reducing knife crime and the harm it causes to families. Crimestoppers never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111. It could save a life


Please also note you are welcome to report anonymously to the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association directly using our online form.

Knife crime

Unfortunately the trend of knife attacks and violence blights our safety. Tower Hamlets Council has already carried out weapons sweeps on July and again carries out these sweeps in the coming weeks. 

But, why not give knife owners the chance to voluntarily deposit knives in save locations, knife bins, as they are used in a lot of boroughs in inner London. See locations

These bins help knife carriers to make a decision to safely dispose of their weapons instead of just keeping them at home or even dropping them into undergrowth to be found and to be dangerous to all. 

I will be forwarding this email to all councillors and those responsible for decision-making in Tower Hamlets for consideration, and ask you to discuss the issue with your local councillors and neighbours too. 

I have also completed the latest Home Office survey to request more action on combatting violence in the borough. The Home Office has already agreed to supply more Hot Spot policing, which is necessary as currently our SNT officers are used to make up numbers and therefore not available to deal with other crimes or patrolling our wards. 

Recent events have shown that we need to step up participation in Neighbourhood Watch. I have asked our new Inspector for Safer Neighbourhoods, Ashley Rose,  for a meeting in person in a police station in Tower Hamlets and will be inviting our members to attend. 

The latest statistics from the Probation Service show a clear correlation between offenders having violence as highest convicted offence and the number of offences committed being mostly violence. 

The new Ward Panel handbook of the Met Police states that one of the three Ward Priorities has to be violence combatting and can be set by the police. 

Ourwatch is listed as official Neighbourhood Watch partner in the Ward Panel Handbook on page 9, please share this email with your neighbours and invite them to register on Ourwatch. Follow us on Twitter

Please feel free to contact me with ideas and queries.

£1.20 per week for ASB patrols

£1.20 per week for ASB patrols

We fully support the extra charge of £1.20 per week of service charges for ASB patrols. The patrols are exactly what’s needed in known ASB hotspots. Report ASB to the council here.

Don’t become complacent Neighbourhood Watchers your reporting is vital for the safety and security of us all.

Use our reporting sheet for recurring events you are worried about.

There are few ASB hotspots but there are many other areas where the alertness of our volunteers helps to keep us safe.