Police have been called to reports of a man with a blade in Hanley.
Firearms officers were also deployed to Huntbach Street to the scene at 10.40am today (22 November) as a precaution.
A thorough search of the area is currently underway.
No threats have been made to the public.
Staffordshire Police say anyone who witnesses suspicious or concerning behaviour should call 101, or in an emergency call 999.