A number of vehicles were seized and several arrests were made during an operation in Borehamwood involving Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary and local officers.
The multi-agency operation took place on the A1 Barnet bypass in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), with the aim of tackling serious and organised crime.
A total of 25 Specials from the across the two forces were involved, with support from regular officers.
During the day 120 vehicles were stopped and checked, resulting in:
Two people being arrested for possession with intent to supply after drugs and cash were recovered
The arrest of a person wanted since 2020 for failing to appear in court and breaching a court order in relation to a domestic abuse offence
Eleven vehicles being seized for having no insurance
Two prohibition notices being issued by the DVSA for being unsafe to drive on the road and one fine for a vehicle being driven overweight
More than 20 Traffic Offences Reports (TORs) being issued for various Road Traffic Act offences.
Special Sergeant Alex Whittle, who led on the operation for Hertfordshire, with support from PCs Issy Thursfield and Laura Thomas, said: “A huge thanks to my Special Constabulary colleagues, both in Hertfordshire and the Met who gave up their time to be involved in this important day of action.
“The support of the Special Constabulary is invaluable when it comes to conducting operations such as this. We had some really good results which I hope reassures people that we are out there and taking cross-border action to ensure criminals know they are not welcome in Hertfordshire. We’re already planning further events.
“I’d also like to thank Screwfix and Safestore for allowing us to use their car parks to conduct the operation safely.”
PC Brad Glover, from Borehamwood Police said: “This is a really good example of the Special Constabulary working together with ‘regular’ colleagues on a great bit of policing activity, with a combined pursuit of preventing harm, preventing crime and preventing offending to help keep people safe.”
As volunteer police officers, Special Constables give up a minimum of 16 hours a month to keeping the public safe. They have full policing powers – including the power to arrest – and they play a vital role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime.