Three men have been arrested for possession of bladed articles and cannabis in Mansfield.
Officers stopped and searched nine people and seized two weapons and drugs as they took part in high-visibility patrols.
Nottinghamshire Police‘s Knife Crime Team were on patrol on Tuesday (April 7) when the six officers made a variety of arrests.
A police spokesperson said: “A 39-year-old man was stopped and searched whilst in a vehicle and was arrested for possession with a bladed article which was found in the driver’s door pocket.
“Mark Burton of Occupation Road in Hucknall has since been charged with the offence and is due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates Court on June 4, 2020.
“Meanwhile, a second man aged 29 was found to be in possession of a knife, cannabis and was arrested under suspicion of drug driving.
“He has been released under investigation.
“The third male, aged 25, was stopped whilst driving his vehicle in Mansfield.
“He was found in possession of cannabis, which was found under the driver’s seat along with deal bags, scales, mobile phones and a large amount of cash. He has been released under investigation.”
Police Sergeant Steve King from the Knife Crime Team said: “Most members of the public were complying with the government’s instructions regarding lockdown, with open spaces relatively quiet across the county.
“The town centre was significantly quieter than previous days and weeks.
“We stop searched a number of people during the patrol and three men were arrested for various offences during the day.
“We will continue with these patrols throughout the coming weeks and months and ensure the streets of Mansfield are safe.
“We also issued suitable advice and encouragement was given to those encountered regarding the government’s instructions.”
The operation which the teams are part of is named Op Bion, and has been put together to support and provide reassurance to communities during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Police says residents have welcomed the patrols, with officers receiving positive feedback from people who have welcomed the increased visibility.