West Midlands Police response teams to get metal detecting wands to tackle knife crime
Written by Tristan Harris on January 12, 2019
FRONTLINE West Midlands Police officers will be equipped with metal detecting wands to help them tackle knife crime.
Eighty of the knife wands will be distributed among emergency response vehicles so officers can use them when they stop and search suspects.
Knife crime has increased by 75 per cent since 2012 which means police officers are spending more time tackling the issue. It is hoped the knife wands will make it easier for officers to take weapons off the streets.
The £8,000 investment is paid for by the force’s Asset Recovery Fund – cash taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
And it means almost half of the force’s response cars will now carry knife wands.
Handheld metal detectors are used in West Midlands Police custody blocks when booking in detainees and also during dedicated operations − but this is the first time response units will be routinely equipped with knife wands.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said because of the increased need and time spent by hard-working officers it was important they had the tools to do the job expected of them.
“That is why I’m fully behind the decision to purchase these knife wands using money seized from criminals.
“These knife wands will help the police to keep us all safe.”