Nottinghamshire Police warn criminals, drug dealers and dangerous drivers with launch of Operation Reacher
A warning has been sent out to wanted criminals, drug dealers, dangerous drivers and those committing anti-social behaviour across the district with the launch of Operation Reacher.
It was launched in Newark and Sherwood on Monday.
Nottinghamshire Police's dedicated Reacher team will work alongside neighbourhood policing teams to clamp down in areas of anti-social behaviour, carry out drugs raids, locate and target the wanted, and safeguard the roads.
The team is also available to assist with the night-time policing of the town centre.
It is being led by Sergeant Mike Taylor, a former Newark Neighbourhood Policing sergeant, who said the operation meant more police officers were here to stay and were already having an impact.
The roll-out follows the success of the first Operation Reacher team in Bestwood in April 2018, which led to £1.8m of drugs being recovered and lengthy jail sentences for dozens of criminals in its first year.
The force said a huge part of that success was down to community engagement between the Operation Reacher officers and residents through events and activities, and community meetings.
Sergeant Taylor said his officers would be working across the Newark and the Sherwood rural policing areas, including Southwell and Ollerton.
"We are a team of officers brought together to have an impact to target those who are wanted through warrants and arrests," he said.
"We will respond to the concerns of the community wherever they may be; working with our partners to address local needs. We want to know what the issues are that are bothering people.
"We will engage with the youth element with the aim of intervention before they start out in a life of criminality; looking to provide positive role models like through our Police cadets scheme for instance.
"We want to make a difference day-to-day."
Early successes on the team's first shift included apprehending an individual who had been wanted for some time, and the seizing of an uninsured vehicle.
Sergeant Taylor said: "As a former neighbourhood policing sergeant at Newark I have a good understanding of the district, which for me makes for a smooth transition into this role.
"This team is part of the permanent structure, extra policing resources for Newark and Sherwood and we have hit the ground running. There's plenty for us to do."
Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “With the national Operation Uplift allowing us to recruit more officers, I wanted to put the resources at the heart of our communities and build a team mentality with the people we serve. We all want the same thing — safer communities to live, work in and visit — and I believe the collaborative ethos that Operation Reacher brings will help us to achieve that, together.
“Over the next weeks and months people will see a range of a proactive work from the teams across Nottinghamshire, including drugs warrants, speeding and nuisance bike operations, weapons sweeps as well as high-visibility patrols, pop-up community engagement events and officers being out and about and getting to know people.”