Police in Scotland get new weapon in their fight to stop knife carrying

When you want folks to stop carrying knives what do you do, get a portable knife scanner, of course.

Yes, as reported in The Press and Journal and Herald Scotland, Scotland is providing every (police) force there one of these knife scanners. It seems of the 257,000 searches it conducted from April 08 to March 09 where 1,663 weapons (mostly knives) were confiscated, the Violence Reduction Unit’s ongoing anti-violence campaign just isn’t getting the job done. Now suspected knife carrying citizens will be scanned. In addition, Scottish courts have recently been given powers to impose four year sentences for knife carrying.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the Scottish Gov. allows officers to scan people suspecting of carrying knives in public places. He further added,

“The message has to be clear: carry a knife and go to jail.”

Both newsources indicate the scanner can be set up in one minute, which leads me to believe it is not a handheld device and, instead, is probably similar to the one pictured as used in London, called the Gatescan Knife Arch, designed as a mobile portable gatescanwalkthrough metal detector used to identify people carrying knives.knifearch

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