Bedfordshire Police is installing ‘knife wands’ in all response vehicles so they can safely search anyone who they believe may have a weapon on them.
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, asked for 60 of the devices to be purchased, using some of the £1m of Home Office cash given to the force in April to tackle serious violence and knife crime.
Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire said: “It’s been well documented that knife crime in Bedfordshire has increased, and it’s something we’re continuing to take seriously.
“The knife wands will allow our officers to quickly find out if someone is carrying a knife, and take appropriate action.
“Taking knives off the streets of Bedfordshire continues to be a priority for us. Carrying a knife is never acceptable, and I hope the introduction of these knife wands proves to be a deterrent, and encourages young people to stop carrying a knife.
“If you’re found with one, you could face time in jail.