Preston, Chorley and South Ribble Police will be provided with knife-detecting ‘wands’ from today.
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has helped to secure additional funding from the Government for 25 handheld metal detectors.
The metal detectors, otherwise known as ‘knife-wands’, will help officers police the rise in knife-related crime across the county.
It’s the first time neighbourhood and response officers have been equipped with the metal detecting devices. Knife wands will also be distributed across the rest of the county.
Paul McLernon, Lancashire Police’s Violence Reduction Sergeant for Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire said, “The knife wands will give members of the public, as well as officers, added security, with the aim of taking more knives and other dangerous weapons off the streets.
“The wands are an effective tool for use alongside stop and search and potentially less intrusive for those subject to searches.
“The force is also currently undertaking a mixture of education and enforcement activities to educate young people on the dangers and consequences of carrying and using knives.”