Thursday, December 7, 2023

Essex Police crime blitz nets 118 arrests

A crime blitz by Essex Police had resulted in an extra 118 arrests over three days.

Uniformed officers from a number of different departments were joined by detectives to put in 950 extra shifts between Monday and Wednesday last week to arrest suspects and progress criminal investigations.

In total they were able to resolve 286 investigations over the three days.

Chief Supt Simon Williams said: "This was a great team effort, with officers and staff drafted in from all areas of the force to help colleagues.

"Every day we execute arrest warrants and visit people to interview them in relation to criminal investigations. Inevitably there are those who will do their best to hide from us and who take some time to track down.

"A dedicated operation like this is a very effective way of ensuring we keep on top of this workload and make sure we are continuing to progress our criminal enquiries.”

In total there were 57 arrests in the North Local Policing Area (LPA), 25 in the South LPA, 34 in the West LPA and two made by officers based at Stansted Airport.

Chief Supt Williams said: "The activity carried out under Op Enforcer has had a very positive impact. As well as the 118 arrests, a number of people also came in for voluntary interviews, after they became aware we were looking for them.

"We have exceeded the number of arrests I expected and we’ve caught up with suspects for rape, burglary and other offences.

"It has been a great team effort, and I want to thank all of our officers and staff for the huge amount of work they’ve carried out.”


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