As reported in the Barnsley Gazette and Barnsley Chronicle on 27th September, took part in a police patrol this week to support Operation Sceptre – a South Yorkshire Police initiative to tackle knife crime.
The initiative comes as part of a national week of police activity on the issue.
It follows a new law which means that those who are given a second conviction for carrying a knife will be given an automatic custodial sentence.
Stephanie met with DCI Paul Murphy, the South Yorkshire Police officer leading the operation in Barnsley this week, before going out on patrol with officers around the community as part of their efforts to combat knife crime.
Commenting, Stephanie said:
“Knife crime is a major problem, with young people in particular affected by this blight on our society.
“Despite devastating cuts to police resources over the past decade, South Yorkshire Police are taking a proactive approach in tackling this issue and keeping our community safe.
“Taking part in the patrol with dedicated officers was a great opportunity to see first-hand the practical, hands on work our hard-working police are doing across Barnsley.”