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Police officers sent to areas plagued by drugs and car crime under new patrol scheme

Plan to parachute police into crime hot spots: Cops will be sent to areas steeped in drug and car crime rather than going the usual way of perpetuating anti-social behavior in the UK to grab

  • Mobile bobbies are deployed around Suffolk to areas hardest hit by crime
  • New regulation provides for a more targeted approach to neighborhood police
  • Three squads, known as Kestrel teams, assist in providing ‘visible’ patrols
  • Last year, the teams seized £30,000 worth of drugs and made 66 arrests

Flying squads of mobile bobbies are deployed to crime hotspots in an effort to provide a more targeted approach to neighborhood policing.

Developed by the Suffolk Police Department and supported by Police Minister Kit Malthouse, the innovative plan aims to provide a cost-effective way to meet public demand for more ‘visible policing’.

Three teams consisting of a sergeant and six officers are dropped to eradicate drug dealers, car crime, shoplifting and other antisocial behavior.

They can also be used to track down a wanted suspect, assist in the arrest of drug dealers in the county, or allow police presence at events such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Suffolk Police Department has deployed its own 'flying platoon' with mobile teams deployed to crime hotspots in the area, as a way of proving that policing is more targeted and cost-effective

The Suffolk Police Department has deployed its own ‘flying platoon’ with mobile teams deployed to crime hotspots in the area, as a way of proving that policing is more targeted and cost-effective

Aptly named ‘Kestrel’ teams, the squads are trained in Servator tactics – namely special training in forced entry and behavioral analysis – which aim to deter, detect and disrupt a range of criminal activities, including terrorism. while providing a reassuring presence to the public,” according to a definition from the Met Police, which has also adopted this tactic.

The Kestrel teams cover Suffolk and the surrounding areas, including the wider Ipswich area, towns and villages to the west of the county, as well as along the eastern coastal region and are funded by a regulation on the municipal tax.

The Kestrels: tackling the crime

Between August 2020 and September 2021, the squads achieved the following:

1,103 hours of hotspot patrols

92 positive stop searches

2,221 intelligence reports

£30,000 in drugs seized

66 arrests

38 vehicles seized for traffic violations

Nine missing persons found

According to Suffolk Police, the Kestrel teams completed 1,103 hours of hotspot patrols across the county between August 2020 and September 2021, conducted 92 positive searches, filed 2,221 intelligence reports, seized drugs worth £33,000, made 66 arrests, took 38 vehicles seized for traffic violations and located nine missing persons.

Chief Supt Marina Ericson said: “We have had some excellent results with the countywide team over the past year and it is very satisfying to see the Kestrel.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said “increased visibility and more foot patrols” were often at the top of the public’s “wish list”.

He said: ‘I know communities really appreciate this extra proactive policing and the results so far, from just one team, speak for themselves.’

Speak with The Sunday TelegraphSuffolk Police Detective Inspector David Giles said the new strategy is a good compromise and a good solution as a return to ‘bobbies on the beat’ is not in the offing.

“They have the freedom to move to different places to address community issues, engage with communities and move adaptably and dynamically,” he said.

Since launching last year, the squads have clocked 1,103 hours of hotspot patrols

Since launching last year, the squads have clocked 1,103 hours of hotspot patrols

Malthouse said the key to the plan’s success is crime-fighting with a focus on “specific types of crime…specific criminals…specific geography.”

The police minister said: ‘When you combine all three… you often get excellent results.’

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