Frontline police in West Midlands to be given 'knife wands'
Police officers on the frontline are to be given metal-detecting "wands" in the fight against knife crime.
Emergency response cars are to be equipped with the wands so they can use them to check if a suspect is carrying a knife.
West Midlands Police has bought 80 of the devices - using money seized from criminals.
The £8,000 cost has come from the force's Asset Recovery Fund which is money seized by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The initiative comes at a time when knife crime in the region is at an all-time high.
It’s the first time response officers have been equipped... read more
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