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City street offences team tackles 1,500 incidents

February 10, 2020
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A plain clothes proactive police team working in Nottingham city centre has now dealt with more than 1,500 incidents since it was launched in December 2018.

The Operation Relentless team, comprising of four officers and one sergeant, has tackled over 1,000 drugs offences, 236 incidents where people were wanted for offences and 41 weapon offences - among other crimes and antisocial behaviour.

They have completed 1,139 stop searches, with 72% of these resulting in a positive outcome, such as an arrest or a caution. Nationally the positive outcome rate is around 30%.

The team's action has also led to results including 244 charges, 694 reports for summons, 19 cautions and 125 cannabis warnings.

Inspector Anwaar Ahmed, who oversees the team, said: "Operation Relentless was set up to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the city centre to help those who live, work and visit the city feel safe.

"They patrol on foot and in plain clothes so they are able to see offences taking place before the offenders know they are there.

"The dedication of Operation Relentless officers have delivered fantastic results, making a real difference. They have today recovered a knife and only last week a Taser within the city centre secreted on people.

"An intelligence-led approach to stop and search has been very effective in reaping positive results whilst maintaining community confidence. The team's relentless pursuit of offenders will continue."

Picture courtesy of Notinghamshire Live.

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