Tactical Team makes “significant” impact on crime

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The police Tactical Team has arrested more than 400 people since it launched a year ago.

The centrally-based team, a first for the force, is made up of an inspector, three sergeants, 28 constables, a PCSO and Special constables.

Since it launched on April 2 last year it has carried out 232 search warrants, submitted more than 1,700 items of intelligence, arrested 441 people and conducted more than 2,600 stop-searches.

The team has also provided support to each of the six districts in the form of targeted patrols and warrants. This has included a metal theft day of action, burglary crackdowns and Op Tundra – the investigation into the Fitzwilliam College artefact burglary in Cambridge.

Inspector Ian Ford, who leads the team, said: “I’m pleased the team is able to make a significant impact on targeting local criminality and supporting the force with emerging crime patterns.

“The type of results we’re seeing is exactly the type of work the public can expect to see from us.

“Our other key responsibility was to maintain a Rural Crime Team that was able to respond and adapt to those crimes which predominantly affect rural communities across Cambridgeshire.

“I believe we have largely achieved this and work closely with rural partners in developing intelligence and tackling offenders who commit rural crime, as well as supporting policing districts with their crime and anti-social behaviour issues.”

The Tactical Team is part of the Centralised Intelligence Bureau (CIB) which became operational on April 23 and is the force’s first centralised intelligence unit.

The main function of the CIB is to generate an intelligence picture for local area commanders with regards to priority crimes such as burglary as well as emerging issues and crime patterns.