Police chief involved in purge on city crime

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South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner spent a shift in a police car fitted with a specialist camera aimed at tracking down criminals on the roads.

Shaun Wright accompanied officers on Sheffield’s streets as part of Operation Portable Cullis - a pre-Christmas purge on criminals at large in Parson Cross and Burngreave.

The operation involved officers from the police Roads Crime Unit and Safer Neighbourhood Teams working in partnership with Trading Standards and licensing officers.

Commissioner Wright saw first-hand how automatic number plate recognition cameras can identify vehicles of interest to officers when they know they have links with crooks.

He said: “This has been a hugely successful operation.

“It was very good to see the positive impact that ANPR vehicles and cameras have in helping our officers tackle crime, remove potentially unsafe vehicles from our roads and track and arrest known criminals.

“I have pledged to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in my police and crime plan and have tasked the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire with ensuring it happens.

“This operation is proof of the dedication and commitment of South Yorkshire Police and its officers in taking criminals off our streets.

“At this time of year, with Christmas and the dark nights, the public need to feel their homes and streets are safe.

“After the successful outcome of today’s operation, I can strongly reassure them we are all working together to ensure South Yorkshire remains a safe place.”

The operation was aimed at targeting wanted criminals and reducing the fear of crime.