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Special Sergeant seizes over 100 cars in just two years

23 Jul 2021
  • Special Sergeant Simon Winters has seized 100 vehicles in just two years

  • Around 10 per cent of the vehicles were stolen or relating to criminality

  • Around two per cent were from fly-tippers caught in the act

A hard-working Special Sergeant, who has been helping to keep road users safe, has recently reached an impressive milestone – seizing 100 cars in just two years.

On Friday 9 July, Special Sergeant Simon Winters was on duty in Borehamwood, where he stopped a van that was being driven by a disqualified driver. After conducting a roadside interview, the van was seized for having no insurance and the driver not having a valid licence.

The vehicle was the hundredth that S/Sgt Winters has seized in just two years and since then he has already seized a further five!

Specials are volunteer police officers who choose to take on the rewarding role in order to make a difference to their community while boosting their professional and personal skills. They have a flexible shift pattern, and this has meant S/Sgt Winters has been able to take on this impressive feat in between responding to emergency calls.

Of all the seized vehicles, about five per cent are estimated to be from disqualified drivers with around 10 per cent being stolen vehicles or those relating to criminality. Approximately two per cent have been seized from fly-tippers caught in the act, around five per cent are foreign vehicles with the rest seized for having no insurance or the drivers not having a valid driving license - and all too often both.

S/Sgt Winters said: “I volunteer in the Borehamwood Intervention Team (responding to 999 emergencies) and I only look for vehicles when I am not responding to other jobs that our team is tasked to do. That’s the great thing about being a Special; you really get the chance to make a difference.

“I usually manage to find at least one vehicle per set of shifts that I work on and my experience in this means that I have been able to help train regular officers in the task too.

“I really enjoy working as a Special and giving something back. All road users deserve to be safe from unscrupulous motorists when travelling and so I hope these vehicle seizures provide peace of mind.”

Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. They are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping the communities of Hertfordshire safe. Visit the Herts Police Specials website (opens in a new window) to find out more and apply.

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