Operation Sentinel Launched to Crackdown on Organised Crime

A major new operation has been launched to target serious and organised crime across the region – and bring offenders to justice.

sentinel Operation Sentinel sees Cleveland, Northumbria and Durham police joining forces in a defiant stand against gangs of criminals who commit offences across the region, from drug dealing and burglary, to cyber-crime and fraud. 

As well as targeting offenders who look to profit from the misery of their victims, the operation will also work towards preventing this type of activity from taking place.

The three forces will be working in unison alongside NERSOU, North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit, to utilise their skills and expertise.

Over the coming months, officers will be seizing goods, carrying out warrants and targeting offenders as part of Sentinel’s ongoing crackdown against serious and organised crime.
And to show they mean business, a seized Ford Ranger has been badged up under the Sentinel banner and will be making its way across the region at various events.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Helen McMillan from Cleveland Police said: “Organised criminal gangs don’t see borders and often travel across the region to commit crime and wreak havoc on people’s lives.

“We are already working closely together to share intelligence and best practice but Operation Sentinel is highlighting our firm commitment to bring offenders to justice and prevent people from becoming victims of crime.

“We must bring together our expertise, technology and skills to disrupt these criminal gangs. We must stay one step ahead and Operation Sentinel helps us to send a very clear and powerful message to those who think they can get away with targeting the communities that we serve – we will track you down, take your assets from you and put you behind bars.”

Nationally, organised crime is seen as one of the greatest threats to communities because of the harmful effect it can have on everyone.

Organised crime is anything which is planned, coordinated and conducted by people working together for financial gain.

As part of the launch of Sentinel, we will be coordinating activity across the region.

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