the north face surge ‘Operation Checkpoint’ cracks down on travelling criminals in rural areas
The operation is the fifth of its kind since January 2014 and was designed to gather intelligence about travelling criminals, disrupt their use of the road network and bring anyone found breaking the law to justice.
The operation was staged from yesterday afternoon into the early hours of today, February 4, with the various forces adapting the start and finish times to suit local needs.
North Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, who is also the Association of Chief Police Officer’s lead for ANPR,
said: “We recognise that rural communities face particular issues, and this operation goes hand in hand with our existing Operation Hawk, which actively targets travelling and cross border criminals with the aim of protecting people and property in remote and vulnerable locations.
“With the excellent support of dozens of Watch volunteers, we were able to maximize their local knowledge across hundreds of square miles, directing officers to key points of interest and suspicious activity.
“The operation also gives us the opportunity to provide reassurance in rural areas and brief farmers about the latest crime trends and security advice.
“By joining together with neighbouring police forces,
our capability and opportunities to gather information and disrupt criminals are greatly enhanced. We look forward to more collaborative operations in the future and my thanks goes to all forces who have taken part.”