A MAJOR police operation that aims to crack down on crime during the bank holiday will see more officers and police cars on the road than ever before.
The Viper 4 operation will see West Yorkshire Police hit the streets in a bid to target criminals looking to prey on people over the May bank holiday weekend.
Every police-owned vehicle that can be operated on the roads across West Yorkshire will be deployed as part of the operation, which was officially launched yesterday.
Viper 4 runs until Monday May 26 and will more than triple the number of vehicles and officers that are normally available at one time.
Superintendent Pat Casserly, who is leading the operation, said: “Traditionally we can see a rise in crime over the bank holiday weekend and we are determined to buck that trend.
“We have officers, including senior managers and special constables, all working over their allotted hours to make sure every vehicle we have is out on the roads making a difference and helping to catch criminals and lower crime.”
A convoy of over 60 police vehicles including cars, vans and motorbikes as well as roads policing units, firearms officers, dog units, roads crime team officers, police motorcycle riders and mounted officers will be involved.
The latest operation forms part of West Yorkshire Police’s major crime reduction offensive Operation Viper that has reduced burglary across the county by 20 per cent and robbery by 10 per cent since it came into force in October last year.
Superintendent Casserly added: “Our previous Viper operations have been extremely successful with offences of burglary and robbery being significantly reduced and a number of arrests being made.
“We are determined that families should not have their bank holiday ruined by becoming victims of crime and we will be out with unprecedented force to target criminals.
“While we are concentrating our efforts on the road network of West Yorkshire let me reassure people this operation is not about targeting drivers in any way.
“The fact is criminals use the roads and we will be out in force dealing with them for whatever offences we can.”
He added: “This will be the fourth time we have run Viper and when you look at what we have achieved previously with offences of burglary reduced by 22 per cent and robbery by 36 per cent we are making a big impact into those who attempt to commit crime.
“I’m very confident we can build on that past success this weekend and keep the communities of West Yorkshire safer and feeling safer.”