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New police tactical team makes 441 arrests in first year

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Cambridgeshire police's new tactical team has arrested 441 people since it launched a year ago.

The team which is centrally based in the county launched in April 2012 and since then has provided support to each of the county's six districts.

It also provided support during the investigation into the robbery of chinese artefacts from the Fitzwilliam museum, Cambridge in May 2012.

I'm pleased the team is able to make a significant impact on targeting local criminality and supporting the force with emerging crime patterns.

I believe we have largely achieved this and work closely with rural partners in developing intelligence and tackling offenders who commit rural crime, as well as supporting policing districts with their crime and anti-social behaviour issues.

– Inspector Ian Ford, Head of the Cambridgeshire police tactical team

Since the team launched in April 2012 it has achieved the following:

  • 232 search warrants
  • 1,700 items of intelligence gathered
  • 441 arrests
  • 2,600 stop searches

The Tactical Team is part of the Centralised Intelligence Bureau (CIB) is the force's first centralised intelligence unit.

The main function of the CIB is to generate an intelligence picture for local area commanders in priority crimes such as burglary.