Test Purchasing

We are committed to keeping our communities safe and tackling violent crime is a priority for us.  

As part of this commitment we carry out test purchasing across the county at a variety of establishments from independent shops to large supermarkets.  

This is a joint initiative with Lancashire Trading Standards and utilises Lancashire Police Cadets as volunteers to take part in the purchase. Test purchasing for knives and alcohol takes place every month across the whole of Lancashire and those found foul of the law are immediately spoken to by a police officer and handled in accordance with Lancashire Police processes.

As part of a recent Operation Sceptre campaign, four out of fifteen test purchases carried out at retailers failed to meet the requirements of the law.  We actively educate retailers on the law to ensure that they are aware of the legislation.

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