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Crackdown on criminals – Op Big Wing

February 27, 2013, 1:36 pm

There will be no escape for criminals today, Wednesday 27 February as
they are targeted by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in a major
day of visible coordinated activity to cut crime and disrupt those who
cause harm to London’s communities.

Borough officers will be joined by specialist colleagues to carry out
arrests, search warrants, licensing enforcement, Automatic Number Plate
Recognition (ANPR) operations, high visibility patrols and a range of
other activity in what will be the widest ranging Big Wing operation to

Officers will also be conducting street briefings and police surgeries
across the Capital’s 32 boroughs to inform and engage the public on what
is being done to tackle crime and disorder.

Chief Superintendent Simon Letchford said: “Gang violence, drugs, and
knife crime are serious, high harm crimes that can sadly have a
devastating and lasting effect on local communities; however, there are
also many other issues which might be seen as ‘lower level’ offences,
such as anti-social behaviour or uninsured drivers, that we know can and
do blight the daily lives of too many people.

“Today’s operation is about showing Londoners that we have listened to
their concerns and we are committed to taking robust preventative and
disruptive action to stop this criminal activity and make their
communities safer. It’s also about warning those intent on breaking the
law and engaging in criminal activity that we will be doing everything
we can to stop them, and wherever possible we will be putting them
before the courts.

“Officers from every part of the Met have been mobilised and will be out
and about on your streets today, tackling the crimes that affect your
neighbourhood. You will see police carrying out licensing checks,
uninsured vehicle checks, executing search warrants, and patrolling your
local transport hubs throughout the day.

“Some of you will notice police surgeries where you can drop in to speak
to an officer about your concerns; or street briefings, where you can
listen in and find out what police are doing to make your neighbourhood
safer. All members of the public are encouraged to engage with the
officers, get some crime prevention advice, ask questions.

“We are here to serve the public, and we hope today’s activity will be
one way of showing some of what we do every day to make London safer for
our communities.”

The activity taking place across London today will include execution of
warrants; arrests of those on outstanding warrants; arrests of gang
members; arrests of domestic violence suspects; licensing checks;
uninsured vehicle checks; ANPR; flying columns; street briefings.

The units and departments involved include all 32 London boroughs; Dog
Support Unit; Mounted Branch; Territorial Support Group (TSG);
Specialist Firearms Command; Trident Gang Crime Command; Air Support
Unit; Royal Parks Command; Traffic Unit; Metropolitan Special
Constabulary; Police Cadets; Safer Transport Command.

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “Today should send a clear
message – if you’re a criminal all of the Met’s officers and staff are
working to catch you. The Met has an array of specialist experts as well
as professional local officers who work daily to keep Londoners safe.
This Big Wing operation brings them visibly together and the public
should see them working to cut crime.”

To find out more details for your specific area please visit your
borough page on the MPS website.

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