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Special Constables play a key part in Operation Ictus

Herefordshire Special Constables played a key part in Operation Ictus on 26 and 27 June 2017, working as part of a multi-agency team, supporting the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Harm Assessment Unit in Hereford.

Other agencies taking part in the operation included the Operational Policing Unit (Drone Pilot), the Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the local council's HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) team.

This new campaign followed on from Operation Trivium, a national multi-agency initiative designed to tackle foreign national offenders who utilise the road networks and offend across the region. The purpose of intelligence-based Operation Ictus was bring offenders to justice and to trace illegal immigrants.

During the operation Special Constables provided cordons while the initial warrant was being executed, supported the warrant execution, acted as search officers while on the premises and provided community reassurance patrols outside the locations. One Special Constable also supported the Drone Pilot, and provided updates to officers at the locations.

As a result of the operation there were two arrests for illegal entry and a prohibition order placed on a car wash in Ledbury, as it was being used for accommodation as well as business premises.

For more information about West Mercia Police Special Constabulary, or to apply to join, visit:
www.westmercia.police.uk/specialconstables