Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold joined the Cross Border Team on Friday (23rd September), made up of officers from Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire police forces, to hear about their success in cutting cross border crime since it’s formation in May 2015.
The PCC spent time listening to officers at Oundle police station – which acts as the hub for the team operating in the corridor between Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire – and making notes on how the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner can help the collaboration go from strength to strength.
Commissioner Mold also met with Cambridgeshire PCC Jason Ablewhite to discuss the initiative, as well as speaking to his Lincolnshire counterpart Marc Jones on the phone to ensure the Cross Border Team continues to operate following the change in PCCs from May’s elections.
Over the past 6 months, the Cross Border Team have:
- completed over 70 arrests;
- conducted in excess of 250 criminal disruption visits;
- executed 18 warrants;
- supported police response teams at 50 crimes in progress/incidents; and
- detected in excess of 125 motoring offences for a lack of insurance, tax, licence or using a mobile phone while driving
Stephen Mold, who also visited Thrapston and Rushden police stations as part of his regular Friday visits to officers, partner organisations and community projects, said:
“It was fantastic to meet with Officers from Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire police forces to hear of the pioneering work they have been completing that keep members of our communities safe. Traditionally, the borders of our counties have been where criminals operate and base themselves to stay under the radar but the Cross Border Team are doing a fantastic job of ensuring that criminals don’t fall through the net.
“The passion and dedication these officers have to their roles is clear and it is my job to ensure my Office supports Northamptonshire Police to enable teams such as this as well as helping them to be even more efficient and effective.
“I have already spoken with the OPCC’s new Director for Technology and Digital Transformation, Simon Clifford, following my conversations with the Cross Border Team and he will be speaking with them to see how we can improve their work from a technological perspective, to ensure they can spend less time back at the station and more time patrolling our borders.”
Follow the Cross Border Team on Twitter at @XBorderCops