Metal detection arches to be used in schools in fight against knife crime

According to Birmingham Live, police are putting metal detection arches into all secondary schools in Sandwell as part of the fight against knife crime.

The arches, which can pick up if someone is carrying a knife, will “sporadically” appear in 20 secondary schools across West Bromwich, Smethwick, Wednesbury and Rowley Regis in coming months.

Every secondary school in Sandwell has signed up to the initiative and anyone caught carrying a knife will have the opportunity to discuss and debate their reasons for doing so, police added.

Chief Superintendent Richard Baker from Sandwell police, said: “I am confident that this is a positive and friendly way in which to open up discussions around the reasons on why some young people choose to carry a knife.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, cabinet member for public health and protection at Sandwell council, said: “This initiative came about as part of our new police and school panel where we are working with the police, schools and other agencies and we are in full support of the knife arch touring Sandwell schools.”

The knife arches will be taken to all 20 secondary schools sporadically over the next few months and other activities include visits and talks from partner agencies on the dangers and reality of knife crime.

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