Training for the storage, display, sale and delivery of knives
The Metropolitan police, Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) and London Trading Standards have developed training, with the help of Bira members to support with the sale, display, storage and delivery of knives, allowing you to comply with the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.
There are five modules for you and your staff to complete. The training aims to standardise training across all retail sectors by raising awareness, improving knowledge and understanding of how good product placement and additional security measures can prevent theft and illegal sales of knives.
Each module comprises of a short animation and knowledge check and each module should take 5-10 minutes to complete.
Regulation of Knife Sales Survey
In addition to the knife retailer toolkit, The Metropolitan Police Service, Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime is investigating the feasibility of a licensing scheme for knife retailers via a survey. This survey asks retailers and key stakeholders their opinions on current regulation for the sale of knives.
Over half of those asked at the Knife Crime Summit felt that the private sector should be completely accountable for the responsible sales of knives online and on the high street. In Scotland, the Custodial Sentences and Weapons Act (Scotland) 2007 gave the power to establish a licensing scheme for knife retailers. MOPAC are investigating whether a similar licensing scheme in London would result in increased responsible practice.
Take part in the knife sales survey
The deadline for responses is Friday 22 November.