South Yorkshire Police make over 60 serious crime arrests in four weeks

A widespread police initiative deployed in Sheffield in an effort to crack down on serious crimes such as domestic abuse and drug offences, made 64 arrests last month. 

The Sheffield based tasking team responds to reports of violent or serious crimes within the city. Officers secured a meat cleaver which was taken from a man in the City Centre. Officers dealt with other incidents including the confiscation of weapons and recovering Class A drugs such as heroin.

Sheffield Tasking Team Sergeant, Nick Kean said: “Whilst one of our key roles as a team is to locate long-standing and dangerous offenders, we also carry out patrols right across the city with the aim of disrupting organised crime.”

The tasking team also deploys proactive patrols across Sheffield. The team’s patrols carried out 55 stops and searches across the month. These procedures are used to gain evidence and information about the people involved in organised crime. 

Sgt Kean said: “by carrying out proactive stops and searches, we’re identifying and apprehending people who are involved in organised crime and drug supply across the city and taking weapons off the streets.”

The team is responsible for tracking down some of the most serious offenders within the area. During the month the team arrested a large number of people in connection to domestic abuse investigations. They also apprehended individuals in relation to burglary and drug offences. 

Sgt Kean said: “As a team we’re across a full spectrum of offences; dealing with domestic abuse perpetrators means we’re helping safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

Their officers help aid other departments within the police force, assisting 14 warrants after the new year. They assisted operations involving the searching and seizure of Sheffield properties. 

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