Twenty-seven arrested as we shield our communities from criminals
If you’ve seen an increase this week of police officers and activity in your area, it’s likely as a result of Operation Shield, our new forcewide, proactive initiative that is targeting criminals who cause the most harm and distress to our communities.
Op Shield launched on Monday (11 September), with 20 warrants already being executed over just two days, 27 arrests made and 16 people charged for various drugs offences, however to protect the investigations we’ve only been able to release this information and the launch of the op today.
Officers will be out in force across the region over the next three months and ramping up their work to identify suspects involved in a whole host of crimes. This includes burglary, robbery and antisocial behaviour, as well as protecting vulnerable people by targeting sexual offenders and perpetrators of domestic abuse.
The team will also be carrying out warrants across the Humberside force area, proactively seeking and arresting criminals, and seizing any illegal items such as drugs and weapons, to disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups linked to drug related offences, county lines and violent crime.
In a bid to assist in apprehending those suspected of criminality, for a month-long operation, we have a specially selected team compromising of detectives, officers and staff from CID, PVP, NPT, Roads Policing, Patrol and Major Crime to detect and deter criminals from every angle.
Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: “Starting from today through to Sunday 15 October, Operation Shield will be relentless in pursuing and targeting criminals who bring distress and harm to our communities.
“Operation Shield is building on the firm foundations of Op Galaxy, an operation which was established in 2019 and successfully reduced and disrupted those committing criminality across our region. However, for this intensive period of enhanced action, the team has been expanded and has much more resources available and dedicated teams to tackle a wide range of criminality.
“We will be making the lives of criminals very uncomfortable, and our message to those involved in criminality is very clear; your actions will not be tolerated, and we will find you and ensure you are held accountable for your crimes.
“We are committed to keeping our communities safe and the difference that our officers will make throughout the month will have a long-term impact for the people that live in, visit, and work in the Humberside area.
“Our local communities can expect to see an increased presence from our uniformed and plain clothed officers, particularly in areas where crime rates and antisocial behaviour incidents are more prevalent.
“After the three months of intensive action, our work doesn’t just end there. We will still be incredibly visible with the Operation Shield team continuing in its previous form, proactively targeting criminals, and your local NPTs being highly visible in your communities and listening to concerns, as well as providing updates on the work being carried out to make your communities safer.
“We will always do everything we possibly can to identify and arrest those who have committed crimes across the Humberside force area, to ensure our residents feel safe and protected and justice is achieved for any victim of crime.”
We would always encourage you to report any offences to us so we can build the bigger picture and take action. We are committed as a force to targeting those who do the most harm in our communities.
You can provide information to the charity Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111, or on their website www.crimestoppers.org.uk
To keep up with the latest Op Shield updates, make sure to follow @HumberBeat on Facebook and Twitter and follow #OpShield #ProtectingOurCommunities
Tuesday 19 September
Fify-nine arrested as Op Shield reaches first week mark
Since the launch of Op Shield our teams who have been targeting criminals and forcing doors open across the force have now carried out a total of 30 warrants and made 59 arrests.
Monday 18 September marked the first week since the beginning of Op Shield and our teams have been hitting addresses across the force area, arresting those suspected of causing harm to our communities.
Superintendent Paul Butler said: “Our priority will always be to protect our communities and keep people safe – and that’s what Operation Shield is all about.
“The first week of action has seen some great results and all our teams are continuing to keep up the pressure, showing those who are involved in crime that the Humberside region is not somewhere they can get away with it.
“We have been relentless in making the lives of those responsible for criminality in this area incredibly difficult and now we begin a second week of intensification, our message remains clear.
“We will not tolerate any form of criminality. We will continue to target those causing you harm and it will never be easy for criminals to operate in the Humberside force area.
“Over the coming weeks, you will see more of our officers out patrolling streets and hotspot areas, and I would encourage you to please stop and speak to them. We are here to listen, offer help and reassurance, and to also act on any information that could result in disrupting any type of criminality.”
Wednesday 20 September
Man charged after Op Shield warrant
A 31-year-old man has been charged after Op Shield officers conducted a warrant on Harrington Street in Grimsby yesterday (Tuesday 19 September).
Josse Jackson, 31, of Fildes Street, Grimsby, was arrested at the property and later charged with grievous bodily harm and assault for an offence reported to have occurred on Monday 4 September in Grimsby. He was remanded into custody to appear at Grimsby Magistrates Court today (Wednesday 20 September).
A 25-year-old woman was also arrested from the property on suspicion of robbery and has since been released on police bail whilst investigations continue.
Weapons were also seized from the address following the execution of the misuse of drugs act warrant that was carried out at as part of Op Shield, our proactive operation that launched last week to tackle crime across the Humberside force area.
A total of 67 people have now been arrested and brought into custody as part of Op Shield, with significant efforts continuing over the coming weeks.
We act on any information that could result in disrupting any type of criminality and we would always encourage you to report any offences to us so we can build the bigger picture and take action.
Friday 22 September
Over 90 arrests as Op Shield cracks down on crime
Officers working around the clock to rid our street of those who cause you the most harm have now arrested a total of 93 people with 21 of those charged since the start of Operation Shield.
Our teams have been out in force, targeting criminals and arresting those suspected of being involved in crime.
And we’re continuing to keep up the pressure, as part of the second week of intensive action our teams have brought in 62 people for offences ranging from possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs, robbery, theft and burglary.
We’ve also been patrolling hot spot areas and carried out 22 stop searches, seizing drugs, cash and weapons from our streets.
Tuesday 26 September
Twenty-two now charged in Op Shield mission to take control of streets and roads
A total of 22 people have now been charged* as Op Shield begin their third week of action.
With a mission to make the lives of criminals and predators difficult and uncomfortable, officers and staff from CID, PVP, NPT, Roads Policing, Patrol and Major Crime have been detecting and deterring criminals from every angle.
We continue to keep up the pressure as already this week the teams have conducted six warrants, five stop and searches, nine traffic offence reports, and arresting a further 42 people, now taking the full total to 135 arrests and 36 warrants since the operation launched covertly on Monday 11 September.
Our communities are key to the success of Op Shield, and we encourage you to report any concerns or suspicions to us. You can speak to our officers whilst they’re out and about or contact us on our non-emergency number 101.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can also report via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
*Also included in the charges so far are six people charged with a number of high harm, domestic related offences.
Thursday 28 September
Shielding you from organised crime
Headed up by Detective Chief Inspector Alli Sweeting, our organised crime teams work around the clock to continue to #shield our communities and safeguard those vulnerable across the force area.