As our activity for Op Sceptre continues, the Sheffield Tasking Team have been leading open land searches in Lowedges this morning (13 March).
The Sheffield South West Neighbourhood team joined specialist search officers looking for discarded weapons, drugs and signs of criminal activity.
Inspector Colette Fitzgibbons explained why the team were working in Lowedges: “The area around Lupton Walk is covered by a problem orientated policing plan, focused around ASB and drug-related activity. We have also recovered a weapon from this area in the past, which is why it is at the centre of our Op Sceptre activities today.
“It is of course, also where 15-year-old Sam Baker was sadly killed last year. It is important that we continue to work alongside the community in this area and show that we are carrying out proactive activities like this.”
Police Search Advisors (POLSA) from the Sheffield Tasking Team have been carrying out similar searches across the city this week, including in Firth Park on Monday.
“We use reference points of where we suspect people may hide cash, firearms, knives, search those primarily and then after that we’ll do an open land line search. Physically, that is a line of officers, covering the ground methodically, slowly and systematically. It’s a simple technique but it’ll help identify hiding places. ”
Today’s open land searches were part of a whole range of proactive activity for the national knife-crime initiative Op Sceptre.
Officers from the Sheffield South West Neighbourhood team are also delivering knife crime awareness presentations at primary and secondary schools this afternoon.
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