Former Chief Constable of Cambridge Police, Tom Lloyd has described the proposal to bring in the army to deal with knife crime as “nonsense”.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is set to meet with police chiefs on Wednesday to discuss how best to tackle the increase in knife crime.
Mr Lloyd told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “It is nonsense. What are you going to do? Have a soldier on every street corner in every part of the country? It is not practical.”
He added: “It is all too easy to say that the way you deal with teenagers is to bully them into submission by the use of force rather than giving them some sort of guidance and opportunities to live a better life.”
Mr Llloyd suggested that “tougher” sanctions for those who committed knife crime would not deal with the complex issue.
“The problem is that we are not sure what we should do,” he said.
“Tougher sentencing is a knee-jerk reaction that does not deal with the complexity of this issue. The media is very happy to blow up things out of proportion.”
He added: “What I don’t want to do is diminish the fact that people are dying. What I do want to do is ask about what the true nature of the problem is.
“While the end result is a death as a result of a knife, the motivation could be very different.”