Lancashire Police visited Preston’s College as part of an ongoing campaign to raise
awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife to young people across the county.

On March 4 th the neighbourhood policing teams brought along a knife arch which scans
individuals as they walk through it. Learners also had the opportunity to attend knife crime
inputs at the college to gain insight into the potential consequences of carrying and using a
bladed weapon. Over 1500 learners were searched attended throughout the morning, with
no significant issues identified. Positive feedback was received, confirming the value of the
event in encouraging a greater level of awareness.

There have been a number of high profile cases nationally, Kand knife crime is not a part of
everyday life in the county, but Lancashire Police recognise the importance of taking action
to prevent a problem occurring. The force takes a pro-active approach and regularly runs
events to interact and engage with young people.

Principal and chief executive, Dr Lis Smith, explains: “We have a responsibility to support
our learners beyond their technical or academic studies, including raising awareness of key
topics, and we welcome working with Lancashire Police to help educate our young people
about the dangers and impact of carrying knives and knife crime. We regularly engage with
our colleagues in colleges across Lancashire and the UK to share best practice and ways of
communicating the dangers effectively with our learners.”
Sgt Paul McLernon from Lancashire Police added: “We have been using the knife arches for
several months at various places around the Preston area, from schools and colleges
through to the train station and in the city centre. It’s important that we educate everyone,
from young people to parents about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife as
we want Lancashire to be a safe place to live and work.”