#AceNewsReport – Jan.19: Officers deployed to hotspot areas based on intelligence and used Automatic Number Plate Recognition to target vehicles which activated the technology and showed a link to violence and associated crimes: Youth workers from the charity Bounce Back, who interact with young offenders offering support and guidance to help them find ways out of criminal lifestyles, also joined the operation, working in dedicated custody suites providing immediate intervention.
#AceDailyNews Operation Pandilla UPDATE Report: More than 130 arrests in three-day operation to tackle drugs and violence in three-day operation saw officers from the MET work alongside with Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent and British Transport Police.
18 January 2022 14:01
The operation, which ran between 11-13 January, resulted in (MPS results only):
- 132 arrests for knife, weapons, and drugs offences;
- 15 knives/weapons recovered;
- 1 firearm recovered;
- 50 drug seizures;
- 12 cash seizures, amounting to a total of £28,740.34;
- 47 vehicles seized.
Officers also used drugs swipes at the roadside for the first time as part of the operation, which enabled officers to detect individuals whose driving was impaired by recreational drugs, further denying the use of the roads to those involved in drugs.
Chief Inspector Rob Ranstead, who led the operation, said:
” Tackling violent crime and the supply of drugs is a top priority, which includes targeting the drivers which fuel.
“The key aim of this operation was to stop drugs and weapons being brought onto the streets. Preventing these crimes, while also safeguarding vulnerable individuals on the cusp of violence, is paramount.
“As part of this operation, young people received instant support, independent of police. This type of collaborative approach can have a real impact on finding longer-term solutions reducing violent crime.”
Officers from the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) were supported by the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), Met Intelligence, the Dog Support Unit and the National Police Air Service (NPAS).
Op Pandilla was deployed to these specific hotspot areas across London:
- Camden/ Islington (A10 corridor);
- Hackney/ Tower Hamlets (A10 corridor);
- Lambeth (Brixton);
- Kensington & Chelsea (Ladbroke Grove).
These deployments were enhanced across London by the Violence Suppression Units.
Last year, January to December 2021 (Calendar Year), compared to the same period prior to the pandemic in 2019, saw:
- Homicides decrease by 13% (19 fewer victims)
- Knife crime decrease by 32% (4,914 fewer offences)
- Knife crime with injury decrease by 20% (790 fewer victims)
- Knife Injury (victims under 25 and non-DA) decrease by 27% (456 fewer victims)
- Personal robbery decrease by 44% (16,170 fewer victims)
- Personal robbery knife injury decrease by 34% (186 fewer victims)
- Gun crime decrease by 35% (741 fewer offences)
- Lethal barrel discharges decrease by 21% (58 fewer offences)
Despite these reductions, we know there is more to do. Our determination to tackle these crimes remains strong and we will continue to work with our partners, and use every power and tactic available, to serve and protect our communities.
If you have any information about drug crime or violence, please contact police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 – your anonymity is guaranteed. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Jan.19: 2022:
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