Harlow and Epping Forest: Tri-force operation tackling cross-border crime
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“We will not allow criminals to benefit from travelling across boundaries” – that’s the message from Harlow’s top officer after tri-force operation earlier this month which saw 11 arrests made.
Fifty officers from Essex Police, Herts Police and the Met worked on the operation, which was organised by one of our dog handlers, on Thursday last week to disrupt and tackle criminals crossing county borders.
It took place in Harlow and Epping Forest districts and over the border into Hertfordshire and London and saw 11 people arrested on suspicion of offences including failing-to-stop, handling stolen goods, and attempted murder.
Twenty stop searches were also carried out as officers from the three forces targeted criminals using the road network to travel between the three areas in what is one of the largest joint and cross-border operations carried out in the area.
District Commander for Harlow, Chief Inspector Paul Austin, said:
“This operation was as a result of joint working with internal colleagues from Operational Policing Command and our other policing partners at the Metropolitan and Hertfordshire Police.
“Jointly we are determined to reduce crime and send a clear message to those who are travelling into other force areas to commit crime that we will work together to prevent this from occurring.
“Residents in Harlow and further afield are safer as a result of these operations which sends a message that criminals cannot benefit from travelling across boundaries”