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Tackling knives action programme (TKAP) phase 1 aimed to reduce the carrying of knives and related serious stabbings among teenagers. It ran from June 2008 to March 2009 in 10 police force areas in England and Wales.
A monitoring programme was established to help assess the progress of TKAP and management information was collected from participating police forces. These police recorded crime figures were collected as part of the TKAP monitoring exercise and they are separate to the National Statistics statutory data collection on knives/sharp instruments.