Knife Crime Awareness Week

November 2021

Ref: NS/KM

Dear family,

Knife Crime Awareness Week
West Midlands Police

I am writing to inform you that West Midlands Police were on-site this morning as part of their work in promoting knife crime awareness among young people; as a school we are committed to working with the police and other external agencies to keep our children safe.  Please see below message from PS Sergeant Elitts who led today’s intervention:

‘Op Sceptre w/c 15/11/2021, is a week of focused activity on knife crime. Knife crime has devastating consequences in our communities. Knife crime is a West Midlands Police force and local priority. As part of this, Smethwick neighbourhood team are involved in a number of activities in the local community this week. A knife arch operation has been conducted at Shireland Collegiate Academy.  This operation will include randomly searching pupils as they enter the school. During this your child may have been subject to a cursory search of them and their belongings. If there any issues as a result of these searches, please direct any concerns to the school in the first instance or to the neighbourhood team via [email protected] Please follow us on Twitter at @smethwickWMP and search for #Guardian #LifeorKnife #OpSceptre’

Lastly, West Midlands Police will be conducting similar such interventions across Sandwell schools in the coming weeks and I am sure you will join us in thanking them for their proactive approach and support of the community with the work they did this morning – to be clear, this is a proactive West Midlands Police initiative led by them rather than any response to concerns over our students; on the whole, our students are consistently wonderful ambassadors for the school with their behaviour inside and outside the academy and I wanted to ensure that families are not unduly worried by the intervention conducted this morning.

If you have any queries or concerns, please direct them to Mr Spark in the first instance.

Many thanks as ever for your support.

Yours sincerely

Nick Spark
Assistant Principal (Behaviour Lead)