Force Proactive Team Make over 100 arrests in just two months
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The Force Proactive Team, a recently established team dedicated to arrests and operational support, has made over 100 arrests since it was established only two months ago.
Since the team went live on 1st November, the team of just eight officers has made 117 arrests across just 42 operational working days. In addition to this the team have carried out 161 stop searches, 47 of those finding drugs or weapons which have led to greater finds when searching premises associated with that person.
This proactive work has also led to the team submitting 396 intelligence logs, which are vital in ensuring that warrants can be secured to raid properties suspected of being a base for drug dealing.
As an example of this proactive work, the team were tasked to an address on Wembley Way in Thornaby on Friday 6th January to arrest two males suspected of dealing drugs on the premises. Upon arrival, officers searched the house and a baseball bat and three “zombie” knives were recovered. Two men aged 21 and 18 were arrested for possession of offensive weapons.
Then, on Monday 9th January morning whilst assisting the drugs unit, the Force Proactive Team recovered £100,000 in cash and cannabis from a property in Thornaby.
Inspector Nick See of Operation Resolve said: “The Force Proactive Team have had phenomenal success since they went into action at the beginning of November. The team is totally committed to capturing outstanding, and often dangerous, criminals.
“The officers are determined and robust in their approach to catch these people and ensure that they are taken through the judicial process, whilst removing dangerous weapons and drugs from the streets of Teesside.
“There is also an incredible amount of safeguarding work carried out by the officers, for example arresting males with weapons from an address where it was suspected that a woman was being cuckooed by drug dealers, or seizing offensive weapons and drugs from homes with small children living there."