Knives can be surrendered anonymously to Hertfordshire police this coming week as part of an amnesty.

From Monday, November 13 to Sunday, November 19, Hertfordshire Constabulary will conduct a week of action to combat knife crime as part of Operation Sceptre, a national knife crime initiative.

Knife related crime remains lower in Hertfordshire than in other parts of the country, say the force, but the campaign aims to reinforce the message that carrying a knife is illegal.

As part of the initiative, the constabulary will be conducting activities aimed at reducing knife crime, including conducting searches for knives hidden in public areas, talking to retailers to ensure knives are not sold to anyone aged under 18, and educating young people about the dangers of carrying a knife.

Community Safety Sergeant Karen Mellor, who is leading on the operational activity for Operation Sceptre, said: “Knife crime remains low in the county but the Op Sceptre weeks of action are part of our continuing strategy to tackle violent crime.

“They are a great opportunity to reduce the number of knives in circulation and raise awareness of issues around carrying knives, in particular that carrying a knife in public is illegal and could result in arrest.

The week of action is also a chance to talk with young people in person and via social media about the dangers of carrying a knife, and also remind local businesses that selling certain knives to anyone under 18 is illegal.”

During the campaign, any knives in your possession that you do not want or should not have, can be surrendered at one of the following police stations: 

  • Hatfield
  • Stevenage
  • Watford

There will also be temporary knife bins in locations around the county and there are permanent surrender bins in Waltham Cross, details of which can be found at

Items can be surrendered anonymously during the amnesty in the knife bins provided, the locations and opening times of these stations can be found at

Hertfordshire Constabulary‘s Gangs and Schools team regularly live stream events for young people online, to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime and gang involvement. You can view these events on Herts Police's YouTube channel

If you are concerned or have information about someone carrying knives or are aware of anyone involved in knife crime you can report this by calling the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101.

You can also report information online at or speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via online web chat, which can be launched at

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at

If you would like further information on support services relating to knife crime contact