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North Yorkshire Police Put 150 Extra Police On Streets For Day Of Action


7:17am 4th December 2013

North Yorkshire Police is turning up the pressure on travelling criminals with every available resource called upon to support an Operation Hawk “day of action” today (Wednesday 4 December 2013).

The aim of the day is to make criminals live in fear of committing crime in North Yorkshire, with the knowledge that Operation Hawk will relentlessly pursue offenders who operate within the county and those who reside in neighbouring policing areas, say North Yorkshire Police.  

All warranted powered officers from Chief Officers to Special Constables, along with PCSOs and police staff, will take part in highly-visible and proactive activity across the county.

The Road Crime Team, Road Policing Group and the Firearms Support Unit will form a “ring of steel” as they scour the road networks throughout the day on the hunt for known and suspected offenders.

Members of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams and CID officers will act upon intelligence reports to target suspects in the cities, towns and villages.

Assisting the operation will be volunteers from Countrywatch schemes who will join the patrols and report any suspicious individuals and vehicles in the area and help to heighten vigilance and promote crime prevention.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, who is leading Operation Hawk, said: “North Yorkshire Police is absolutely determined to crack-down on rural and cross-border criminality which causes misery and fear in our communities, particularly to those in the rural areas.

“This ‘day of action’, which is the first in a series as part of Operation Hawk, will further emphasise our cast-iron commitment to bring offenders to justice and disrupt their activity with the use of around 150 additional officers and staff to help us target and arrest suspects.  

“This includes tremendous support from the Special Constabulary who will be deploying more than 50 volunteer officers to support the proactive operation.”

ACC Kennedy added: “Through Operation Hawk, we have shown that North Yorkshire and the City of York is a very hostile place for travelling criminals. Word is spreading fast that North Yorkshire Police means business and we will do everything in our power to protect our communities from harm.

“Also, we will not hesitate to go into neighbouring police force areas and further afield to track down and arrest offenders. This is a stark warning to criminals and it is their choice.”

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “Since its launch in July, Operation Hawk has led to the recovery of more than £2 million worth of assets and more than 100 prosecutions.

“I welcome the next stage of this operation, which is demonstrating that criminality will not be tolerated by our communities and that the police will take firm, decisive action in tackling rural and cross-border crime.”

Leaflets promoting crime prevention advice will be distributed around neighbourhoods by the police teams and volunteers, along with posters urging people to remain vigilant.

Social media will also play a big role during the day, with the 68-strong official North Yorkshire Police Twitter accounts helping to highlight the key activity and messages about Operation Hawk.

Residents can follow the action via @NYorksPolice and using the hashtag #OpHawk, or on the force website at www.northyorkshire.police.uk/hawklive

Operation Hawk  

Operation Hawk was established at the end of July to protect North Yorkshire’s rural communities from the threat of travelling criminals.

Officers are using a number of resources to secure the county’s borders and ensure that criminals find it very difficult to get into North Yorkshire and out again undetected.

So far the results have included:

* More than £2,000,000 of property seized

* Potentially more than £750,000 of drugs seized (awaiting purity analysis) 

* 48 arrests

* 122 vehicle searches

* 215 person searches

* 5 stolen motor vehicles recovered

* 9 other vehicles seized

* 109 prosecution files processed, including Fixed Penalty Notices

People in isolated areas can also play a big part in Operation Hawk by acting as the police’s eyes and ears. Intelligence gained from those communities can help officers to focus resources in the right areas, giving them a better chance of catching rural criminals.

Please report suspicious behaviour by calling North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 1 - and speak to the Force Control Room.

If an emergency response is required, always dial 999.

Information can also be passed on without giving your name by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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