West Yorkshire Police is set to launch a fresh initiative aimed at apprehending wanted criminals suspected of various offences throughout the county in the lead-up to Christmas.

Commencing on the 4th of December, the enforcement activity will involve the deployment of additional resources across all five districts, including Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) units and officers from the Operation Jemlock team. The funding for this operation will be sourced from money confiscated from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

The primary objective of these intensive weeks of action is to apprehend and secure convictions for as many of the wanted individuals as possible. This initiative seeks to provide reassurance not only to the victims of crime but also to the communities of West Yorkshire, demonstrating the proactive efforts of the police force in ensuring their safety.

Assistant Chief Constable Pat Twiggs at West Yorkshire Police, said: “We hope with the additional resources assigned to this operation we can detain as many wanted suspects as we can to provide reassurance to victims and the wider communities across the county.

“We are funding this proactive operation with money seized from criminals through Proceeds of Crime and it is great to see this money being put to good use to not only help victims of crime but also target those who are involved in criminal activity.

“I want to reassure the communities of West Yorkshire who have been affected by criminality that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe and clamping down on those individuals who are evading justice.”

T/Superintendent Andy Cass, who is leading on this operation, said: “This is a new initiative focusing on assertive and proactive policing to those who are wanted and avoiding justice.

“I would urge those who are evading justice to hand themselves in, if not the festive season in your households will be disrupted by a knock at the door by police.

“These individuals, some of whom are wanted for serious offences, are going to be targeted in the coming weeks as we are putting additional resources in place to get on the front foot and quickly arrest outstanding suspects and bring them into custody.”