Merseyside Police used a high-tech tool to crack down on knife crime in Liverpool City Centre on Saturday night.
The local policing targeted team were out in force as they worked with licensees to deter crime – with the help of a knife arch to help keep everyone safe in the night time economy.
A knife arch is the latest police tool in the fight against knife crime and is a portable metal detector used to detect whether someone is carrying a blade on the streets.
Its pulse induction system sends a short burst of current (pulse) through a coil of wire (transmitter) located in the side. This creates an electromagnetic field around the coil.
Earlier in the summer, Chief Inspector Matthew Moscrop said: “If you’re thinking of carrying a knife or going out to cause problems, think again.
“You could end up in court, be seriously injured or could have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life.
“It isn’t worth the risk.
“You might see knife arches being used to help us identify anyone who is carrying one. If you do see this, feel free to ask us about it, and don’t be alarmed: it’s just another way we try to prevent problems from happening.”
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