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Police Make 500th Arrest In Knife Crime Crackdown

Operation Jemlock was launched by West Yorkshire Police in April.

West Yorkshire Police’s response to violent crime has seen more than 500 arrests in four months

Operation Jemlock started in April when the then Temporary Chief Constable John Robins, QPM, met the Home Secretary in March.

Police forces including West Yorkshire were given greater stop and search powers to tackle the threat of knife crime as well as additional funding. West Yorkshire received £4.02m

Operation Jemlock involves officers carrying out proactive, high visibility patrols in key crime areas.

And on Monday and Tuesday the Force carried out a day of action in the Leeds area and the Kirklees areas.

Chief Inspector Damon Solley of the Violence Reduction Unit, said:

“An important part of Operation Jemlock is making arrests in the communities we serve and I am very proud of the work we have done to arrest so many people.

“This work is continuing as well so we can continue to make a real difference – Operation Jemlock officers are going into areas working with locally based colleagues to have the maximum impact possible.

“500 arrests is a figure that speaks for itself – it shows the difference we are making and is testament to hard work and dedication of everyone involved.”

  • Results from the two days of action include:
  • Ten people arrested on suspicion of violent crime offences including assault and robbery.
  • Three knives seized
  • Six stop search enquiries in serious violent crime hotspot areas
  • Three vehicles seized
  • Drugs and other assets seized and further intelligence submitted.

And this was in addition to the ongoing work over the weekend with Jemlock officers out in the eastern side of West Yorkshire. Results included:

  • More than 60 wraps of suspected class a drugs found
  • Three knives / bladed instruments seized
  • Cannabis seized
  • A total of 35 arrests made on suspicion of a variety of offences including possession with intent to supply class a drugs, a knife point robbery and threats to kill
  • 34 stop search enquiries

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: “500 arrests is quite a milestone and sends an unequivocal message that such criminal behaviour in our communities will not be tolerated."

“My thanks and appreciation to all the officers and staff involved for the very real difference they are making in our communities so far with this campaign which will be ongoing."

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