Specialist Police Officers dedicated to working with businesses are working with retailers across the county to clamp down on the sale of knives in a bid to drive down crime.
Officers have been visiting businesses that sell knives to seek their agreement to sign a “Responsible Retailer Initiative”, a fresh agreement around the ethical and careful sale of knives.
Starting in Colchester, retailers visited so far include Robert Dyas, Sainsbury’s, TK Maxx and a number of outdoor pursuits shops in the city centre, Tollgate and the Hythe.
As part of a renewed commitment to knife crime prevention, the signed agreement will bind retailers to several key points, including:
- An agreement to store and display knives safely and securely.
• Operating a strict ‘Challenge 25’ age verification policy.
• Prominently displaying ‘Challenge 25’ posters explaining age verification to customers.
• Full and robust training for retail staff.
• An understanding of retailers’ ability to refuse sale to anyone if there is a concern a knife will be misused, or if they appear drunk, agitated or aggressive.
• An agreement to share relevant knife crime intelligence with appropriate agencies.
The campaign is rolled out across the whole of Essex. It follows on from a continued concerted partnership effort to campaign on the dangers of knife harm and take dangerous weapons off our streets.