Operation Sceptre originated as a Metropolitan Police initiative, but with the agreement of the National Police Chiefs Council, it has become a regular national week of action against knife crime for police forces in England and Wales. Operation Sceptre includes targeted stop and searches, weapon sweeps of hotspot areas, test purchases of knives from retailers, the use of surrender bins, and educational events with young people.
Both the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police take an active role in Operation Sceptre. The Metropolitan Police Service conducts its own local phases of Operation Sceptre every month, alongside the national weeks of action.
The latest national phase of Operation Sceptre in February resulted in the following: