Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00
The biggest day of action under Operation Harness was held yesterday (Friday 27th September 2013).
Operation Harness is a Wiltshire Police led initiative which focuses on community engagement and utilises police officers and staff from every department.
The day of action began at 5am on Friday with a series of arrest enquiries for outstanding offenders and a number of warrants executed at residential addresses in Swindon, Chippenham and Trowbridge.
As a result of these raids, 9 people were arrested and a quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia was seized.
More than 55 activities then took place across the county including:
• Drug enforcement and education at secondary schools in Swindon
• Enforcement of a new dispersal order at the Orbital Shopping Centre in north Swindon
• Street surgeries with local Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the county
• Cycle marking events
• Rural crime patrols
• Anti-social crime patrols
• Speed enforcement
• ‘Boy racer’ patrols
• Licensed premises checks
• Drug enforcement patrols
• Vehicle crime patrols
• Late Night Economy enforcement
Activity took place in Swindon, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Warminster, Devizes, Amesbury, Tisbury, Mere and Pewsey.
As a result of the day of action:
• 15 people were arrested for offences including theft, public order, harassment, going equipped and possession of drugs
• Drugs including cannabis and a quantity of class A were seized
• Alcohol was removed and people were moved on under the anti-social behaviour act at locations throughout the county
• A large number of fixed penalty notices were given to drivers for offences including driving in a bus lane, driving whilst using a mobile phone, speeding and defective parts including brake lights, tyres and exhausts.
Detective Superintendent Nick John of Wiltshire Police headed up the day of action.
He said: “This latest day of action which saw a multi-themed approach links directly with what our communities have told us are their main concerns.
“The day focused on a wide range of areas of policing and I hope highlights that Wiltshire Police deal robustly when dealing with all types of crime.
“Operation Harness is really about Wiltshire Police listening to the concerns of our local communities and acting on these in a visible way.
“As a direct result of this day of action, we have not only arrested those suspected of being involved in a number of criminal activities but have reinforced our proactive approach to the prevention of crime and educating people in order to achieve this.
“I would like to thank members of the public for their assistance and involvement in this operation – their role was crucial to its success.
“Community-led intelligence plays a really important role in our investigations and I would urge anyone who thinks they have witnessed something suspicious or has information on any criminal activity to contact us immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.”
Photos and information from the day of action can be found on the Wiltshire Police Facebook and Twitter page.