Officers from Sutton Coldfield held a knife detection operation at McDonald’s in the town centre in a bid to address community concerns.
On Thursday 28 June, officers used a portable knife detector to check if anyone entering the restaurant was carrying any weapons.
During the four hour operation, no-one was found to be carrying a knife or any other offensive weapon.
The operation followed last week’s call by Chief Constable Dave Thompson urging all local authorities in the West Midlands to form a united front against knife crime.
And yesterday he visited Sutton Coldfield town centre to see how the operation was working in McDonald’s.
Sergeant Greg Richards, from the Sutton Trinity neighbourhood policing team, revealed that this is just one tactic being used by the police to make Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding areas a safer place for everyone.
“We want to make sure the community feel safe and fully understand the recent concerns within the community. Similar operations will continue to complement increased patrols in the area which will include officers in plain clothes patrolling over the summer.
“If anyone is found to be in possession of weapons they will be arrested. We are continuing to work with local schools to educate young people on the dangers of carrying a knife so that before the school summer holidays this message gets out to every young person.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamison said:
“I fully support the force’s continued efforts to tackle knife crime.
“Knife crime is on the rise across the country and so it is vital officers in the West Midlands are confronting it head on.
“As well as operations like this one I am also in the process of installing weapon surrender bins throughout the region, rolling out violence mentoring programmes in schools and placing youth workers in A&E units so they can intercept gang members.”
Douglas Wright, McDonald’s Franchisee and resident of Sutton Coldfield, said:
“We are happy to support this ongoing initiative which is one of several tactics being used to proactively combat knife crime in Sutton Coldfield. We are very committed to working in collaboration with the Police to help make our local community a better and ultimately safer place for everybody.”