Issued on 10/10/17 at 9:39 a.m.
The Road Crime Team (RCT) in Leicestershire has picked up its second commendation of the year.
The RCT is the proactive arm of roads policing and is part of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS). Made up of a specialised team of five officers, they spend time carrying out meticulous and detailed research tracking stolen vehicles on false plates as they drive in and out of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras across the East Midlands.
The team have worked together for a number of years and have built up an expertise about the vehicles which are being used to commit crime throughout the region. They look for links between vehicle movements and spates of crime recognising when a vehicle they were monitoring yesterday is being driven on different number plates today. They work closely with a variety of regional teams.
In March 2017 the team were presented with a Chief Superintendent’s Commendation for the work during ‘Operation Magic’ which led to the arrest of two prolific burglars who were committing a series of burglaries across the county.
In October 2017 the team was presented with a Chief Constable’s Commendation for Outstanding Work reflecting their consistently high performance over the last two years.
Nominated by Superintendent Rich Ward, who said; “The Road Crime Team have provided outstanding support tackling high level criminality through the proactive arrest of wanted suspects and the identification of suspect vehicles through the skilled use of ANPR. The impact of their work extends across the region and the UK.
“The enthusiasm and dedication of the RCT is second to none. They use their skills, experience and expertise to maximum effect to ensure that as a force we do extremely well in denying criminals the use of the road network and making a Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland a hostile environment for criminals to operate and a safer place for our communities. They are truly a remarkable team who should be commended for their continued work.
“The team have had rightly created a reputation for being the regional experts in identifying vehicles being used in crime and having significant impact on reducing crime across the midlands region. As a direct result of their interventions a significant number of high risk and prolific offenders have been identified, arrested and convicted. The RCT are a team we can be immensely proud of.”
Sergeant Simon Adkin, who leads the team, said; “I am really proud of the reputation myself and the team have built. We are a small team but we make a big impact and it is very nice to have the hours and intensity of our job recognised by senior managers. We’ve built up an incredible expertise over the years and have had a significant impact on organised crime within Leicestershire and across the region and that is very satisfying.”
The team members are Sgt Simon Adkin, PC Jon Lee, PC Tim Gilliver, PC Andy Massey and PC Martin Hutchby.