Police team targets prolific offenders

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A TEN-STRONG team of specially-selected police officers has been set up to target Sheffield’s most prolific offenders.

It is focusing on repeat offenders trapped in a cycle of committing crimes, including burglaries, robberies and the theft of, and from, vehicles, and those who refuse to comply with conditions set by courts .

Det Insp Bob Chapman, who is in charge of the team, said in the first two weeks alone 10 arrests were made, three people were sent back to prison and six homes were raided by officers looking for evidence of criminality.

He added: “This relatively small pool of people are committing a large amount of crime.

“This is a joint initiative between the police and probation service where our message to offenders is ‘let us steer you away from crime by getting off drugs, turning up for all the appointments you are given and engaging with us’. If you don’t, you can expect us to concentrate on you’.

“We are gathering intelligence and monitoring such people all the time – both openly and, where appropriate, covertly.

“Sometimes the work we do will involve street interventions and regular home visits to enforce conditions such as curfews and police operations – basically everything we can to prevent them committing further offences.”

DI Chapman added: “We are determined to make this work and to see crime fall in the city. We welcome any information at all from members of the public on those people they know are repeatedly committing crimes.”