Coventry Police Cadets trawl park for knives
A unit of Police Cadets from Coventry have conducted a knife
sweep in Edgewick Park as part of the ongoing effort by the police
to combat knife crime.
It comes as the Knife Angel leaves Coventry and heads onto
The high visibility operation conducted by the Cadets is part of
the ongoing effort by West Midlands Police to tackle knife
The sweep, conducted by the Cadets under close supervision by
local police officers from Foleshill Neighbourhood Team, entailed
the unit searching the park for knives and other weapons which may
have been stashed or discarded in the area.
The young people will not handle any knife or dangerous item
Commenting on the first park sweep conducted by West Midlands
Police Cadets, the Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
said: "It is excellent to see our cadets getting stuck into
tackling knife crime in Coventry.
"When I re-introduced Police Cadets back to the West Midlands
the intention was to always have them out in their communities and
making a difference.
"Tackling knife crime is the top priority for the police at the
moment and having the additional assistance from the Cadets to get
weapons off the streets and in the possession of the police where
they can no longer cause harm is what the scheme is all about.
"This is young people taking a stand and sending a message: that
knife crime won't be tolerated in the West Midlands.
"We now have over 200 cadets in the West Midlands who are
playing their part in tackling crime in their communities and
learning new skills."
He added: "The Knife Angel, as it leaves Coventry and moves onto
Birmingham, is already leaving an impact on the city.
"The angel has turned symbols of violence into a symbol of
"It has been able to refocus the attention on knife crime and I
am pleased that the Cadets are playing their part in tackling
Chief Superintendent Mike O'Hara, commander of Coventry
Neighbourhood Police Unit, said: "Knife crime has a devastating
impact on families and communities, so to see our young cadets
getting involved in such a way is really heartening.
"The event helps to raise their awareness and understanding of
what knife crime really means, while it serves as a reminder to
others that carrying a knife is both dangerous and illegal. We need
to drive out that culture of people feeling comfortable carrying
knives or feel the need to carry knives for their protection."
The Foleshill Policing Team have had recent success in
recovering weapons from Edgewick Park are now ensuring that the
local cadets unit is involved.