Police response to public’s concerns leads to 33.8 per cent increase in recorded crimes for the county
Main article content
Northamptonshire Police recorded a 33.8 per cent increase in crimes in the 12-month period between February 2020 and 2021 - this equates to 10,000 crimes which is 2,529 higher than in the previous year.
The dramatic increase is a result of a concerted effort to reduce offending across various crime types, particularly those related to the possession and supply of drugs, in response to concerns raised by the public.
The pursuit of offenders has been relentless with targeted, intensive operations like #100Days of Action, a domestic abuse offenders’ campaign and the addition of 150 ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras leading to a seismic number of vehicles stops.
#100Days was launched on July 13, 2020 and saw specialist teams make some highly significant arrests, including the leaders of a number of serious organised crime gangs. The operation resulted in a total of 145 warrants, 88 arrests and the dismantling of county lines drug networks.
In December last year, the Force launched a campaign to clampdown on those wanted for high-harm domestic abuse, stalking and harassment. During the month-long campaign, officers made 330 arrests for domestic abuse offences – the highest number during any single month over the previous 12 months, equating to 10 domestic abuse arrests every day.
Northamptonshire Police is at the cutting edge of innovation. The addition of 150 ANPR cameras resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of vehicles stops. Between January and April 20?, 819 vehicle stops were made, leading to 177 arrests, 514 traffic offences being detected and 311 vehicle seizures.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley said: “By any standard, this has been a phenomenal performance by our officers. Domestic abuse, serious organised crime and roads policing were all priority areas which I set the Force in 2020 and, consequently, we have proactively gone out and relentlessly targeted those offenders, taking them off the streets and, in the process, seized large amounts of drugs, weapons and vehicles, securing convictions against the individuals concerned.
“The Covid pandemic did not stop our proactivity. We recognised the vulnerability lockdown created for victims of domestic abuse and for children and our campaigns encouraged reporting so we could act swiftly to arrest offenders and safeguard victims.
“I will shortly be announcing our Force priorities for the year ahead and, once again, we will strive relentlessly to go after those who cause misery in our communities and to protect vulnerable victims. Those prepared to go and commit crime should be under no illusion that we will be unrelenting in our mission to make Northamptonshire a hostile place for those prepared to cross that line.”