New po­lice pa­trol is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

On the beat team has tack­led drug crime and mo­tor­bike scram­blers

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

NUI­SANCE motorcycle rid­ers in Hare­field could soon feel the long arm of the law.

A new team of five po­lice of­fi­cers for the Hare­field, Ruis­lip, Ick­en­ham and North­wood area is now on the beat.

The ‘high vis­i­bil­ity’ team – which means it pa­trols the streets as a way of de­ter­ring crim­i­nals and re­as­sur­ing the pub­lic – is funded by Hilling­don Coun­cil.

In­spec­tor Rob Bryan of Hilling­don Po­lice said: “The team have al­ready achieved some for­mi­da­ble re­sults in their first week and are al­ready mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“On their first day they ar­rested a man in pos­ses­sion of crack and heroin. In the days that fol­lowed fur­ther ar­rests were made in relation to drugs, im­mi­gra­tion of­fences and be­ing wanted on war­rant.

“This team have also ex­e­cuted a drugs search war­rant in North­wood which re­sulted in those two ar­rests for im­mi­gra­tion of­fences.

“The mes­sage is clear: we in­tend to knock on the doors of many more sus­pected crim­i­nals in the near fu­ture.

“As a funded team, they are ad­di­tional to the of­fi­cers who al­ready po­lice the area.

“Their tasks are cer­tainly un­der way and at present they are tack­ling the is­sue of nui­sance mo­tor­bike scram­blers in Hare­field and other lo­ca­tions.”

If you have any in­for­ma­tion that might as­sist, please con­tact the team lead Sergeant Liam Moore on liam. moore2@met.po­

n HIGH VIS­I­BIL­ITY: New north area team (from left) PC He­len Low, Sergeant Liam Moore, PC James Archer and PC David But­ler, another mem­ber, PC Tom McNeill, is not present


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