Nottinghamshire Police has taken delivery of the first of 11 new cars that will be used to target local criminals and those involved in serious and organised crime across the county.
Operation Reacher, launched in April 2018 to relentlessly target criminal gangs in the Bestwood area, is now being rolled out across the county.
Its “community policing with teeth” approach proved so successful that Operation Reacher – and its distinctive branding – will now be rolled out across the Force.
The 11 remaining neighbourhood policing teams will be joined on Monday 5 October by teams of six new officers, each led by a sergeant, and an Operation Reacher car.
Their role will be to pursue and disrupt the people in those communities who cause the most harm, to build links with local communities, and guide people away from a life of crime.
Inspector Marcus Oldroyd, who led the original Operation Reacher model in Bestwood, explained: “This model of pro-active community policing has been hugely successful so far and I am delighted that we are expanding it across the county.
“These new vehicles and the officers that will soon be driving them are the visible manifestations of a major and long-term financial investment in our communities.
“People who routinely engage in serious criminality are a blight on the lives of people across the county and I can’t wait for our new Operation Reacher teams to increase the pressure on them by joining the rest of neighbourhoods policing family and adding to their great work.
“So, if you make your living from crime you can expect a visit from our new officers and new cars sometime very soon.”
The operation has already seen millions of pounds worth of drugs, hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cash and hundreds of illegal vehicles taken off the county’s streets, as well as securing a number of significant convictions.
The new cars are turbo diesel Skoda Octavias – quicker and more powerful than standard response cars. Our Vehicle Services Team is currently hard at work converting each new model.
Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Police cars and a greater police presence out and about in communities reassure people that crime in their area is being tackled. Residents can see that we are investing in the visible policing that they have told me matters so much to them.
“Operation Reacher has been very successful in Bestwood and this roll-out across the county will both disrupt crime and ensure that people feel safer on the streets and in their homes.”