Thames Valley Police has already smashed its cash detention order target for 2012-13, with three months of the financial year still remaining.
The Force set a target of achieving 134 orders this year, but has already made 157 orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation, equating to more than £1m.
Financial investigators from the Force’s Economic Crime Unit are now conducting investigations into where the cash came from and are applying for forfeiture orders at local magistrate courts.
Detective Inspector Gavin Tyrrell from the Economic Crime Unit said: “The underlying principle of the Proceeds of Crime Act is to remove cash and other assets from criminals so they cannot profit from their crimes or reinvest in other criminal enterprises.
– Detective Inspector Gavin Tyrrell, Thames Valley Police
“The seizure of this huge amount of cash is a tremendous achievement for everyone involved throughout TVP and should send a clear warning to the criminals that harm our communities, that we will use every tactic available to bring you to justice and remove the profit from crime.”
If you know or suspect someone is living from the proceeds of crime you can contact Thames Valley Police on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.