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Knife crime: A problem-solving guide

Brennan, Iain; Sidebottom, Aiden; Agar, Iain; Ashby, Matt; Bullock, Karen; Hales, Gavin; Tilley, Nick


Aiden Sidebottom

Iain Agar

Matt Ashby

Karen Bullock

Gavin Hales

Nick Tilley


Knife crime can destroy lives and fracture communities. It disproportionately blights the lives of the young and disadvantaged. After decreasing in the early 2010s, it has risen in recent years. Tackling it must be one of policing’s top priorities.

The College has produced this guide to support forces in tackling this complex type of crime, equipping officers in all forces with good practice from across the UK and beyond. While there are no simple answers, we have provided a practical toolkit of tactics forces can use, depending on what the data shows in their area, such as interventions in schools, weapon sweeps and focused deterrence.


Brennan, I., Sidebottom, A., Agar, I., Ashby, M., Bullock, K., Hales, G., & Tilley, N. (2021). Knife crime: A problem-solving guide. [PDF]

Other Type Manual / Guide
Acceptance Date Jul 30, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 19, 2021
Publication Date Nov 19, 2021
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 26, 2022
Publisher College of Policing
Pages 133
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