Operation Jemlock continues to make a difference tackling serious violence like knife crime

A West Yorkshire surge to tackle serious violence, including knife crime, is continuing to make a difference to the communities of West Yorkshire.

Saturday, 17th July 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 19th July 2021, 9:10 am

Operation Jemlock was launched in April 2019 to run throughout West Yorkshire.

It involves officers patrolling high priority areas to provide a reassuring, highly visible presence within those communities and the required enforcement when required.

Chief Inspector James Kitchen, of Operation Jemlock, said: “Operation Jemlock continues to target those who are involved in violent crime and knife crime and the locations that they frequent.

Operation Jemlock tackles knife crime

"The patrols are evidence based and we work hard to make sure we are in the right places at the right times to support the communities who are most affected.

"Having a visible presence, using strong enforcement and making meaningful arrests has shown to have an impact on violent crime, with reductions of 9% in knife crime and a 25% reduction in knife point robberies over the last 12 months.

"Understanding that enforcement is only one part of the solution, we work closely with the violence reduction unit and partners to bring about long-term change.”

“These are just two examples from one week of making sure we are in the right place at the right time to keep the communities of West Yorkshire safe and bring those who offend to justice. We will continue to work tirelessly to put ourselves in the right places to continue to reduce violent crime and knife crime.”

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