Over 50 arrests for Operation Serve and Protect
19 April 2011
WOLVERHAMPTON Police have arrested 55 people since the start of the Serve and Protect operation which began on 2 April to further reduce crime and focus on known criminals.
The operation has seen officers across the city making regular checks on those who have curfew conditions and arresting anyone who has breached their curfew. Nineteen people have been identified as breaching their curfew and four people have breached their bail conditions.
Ten search warrants have also been carried out across the city as part of the operation.
Superintendent Mark Payne, from Wolverhampton Police, said: "This is a really promising first few weeks to Operation Serve and Protect in the city and we are continuing to impact on our main offenders and make their lives more miserable than the misery they inflict on those they target.
"There is a perception by local people that there will be a loss of frontline officers but our aim is to put officers in the right place at the right time and use all the resources at our disposal. We will be increasing the pressure on known offenders, particularly those that use firearms and those that commit serious acquisitive crime."
Specialist teams of firearms officers also continue to patrol the city and are carrying out checks on known firearms offenders by visiting them at their homes to let them know of this increased level of policing.
Operation Serve and Protect aims to put the right number of officers in the right places and tackle the issues which matter to local people.
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