Amanda and Stuart Stephens parents of Oly Stephen, speaking at the Thames Valley Knife Crime Conference

Thames Valley Knife Crime Conference 2023

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The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is pleased to share video presentations from the Thames Valley Knife Crime Conference.

As part of this week’s policing activity through Operation Sceptre, the Office of the PCC is pleased to share a series of video presentations following the Thames Valley Knife Crime Conference hosted on 27 June in Milton Keynes.

The conference focused on the partnership approach to tackling knife crime, from Operation Deter; the robust policing and criminal justice approach which delivers swift criminal justice outcomes for adults who carry a knife and intensive interventions for those under 18, to a range of prevention and education programmes to stop young people being drawn into crime and violence.

The conference audience was made up of schools and a wide range of other partner organisations. It addressed the impact of knife crime on families, young people and communities, and facilitated discussion across organisations about what more can be done and how learning could be shared.

Amanda and Stuart Stephens whose son Olly was fatally stabbed in Reading in January 2021 spoke powerfully of the devastating impact of knife crime and the need for more awareness and education.

As well as the highlights reel (below), you can also find copies of short video clips from each event presenter as well as an edited full-version on our Videos webpage:

Further details on the Police & Crime Commissioner’s campaign on Knife Crime (The Knife Sentence) can be found on our website.