Kent Police joins Metropolitan police to fight cross border crime
PUBLISHED: 12:06 30 July 2015
The teams aim to ‘make communities safer’
Kent Police has joined forces with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in a pioneering co-ordinated day of action to launch Project Alliance.
Project Alliance is a joint Bexley Borough and Kent Police project to work more effectively together by reducing the constraints of geographic borders, thereby reducing crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour and increasing satisfaction and confidence in the police.
Launching the project, Detective Superintendent Bernie Galopin from Bexley and Superintendent Nicola Faulconbridge from Kent Police delivered a briefing to officers from the two forces at Northfleet Police Station.
The operation involved officers and PCSOs from Bexley and Kent Police’s Emergency Response Teams, CID and Neighbourhood Policing Teams carrying out a wide range of operational and crime prevention activities as part of the ongoing drive to target offenders in the area, deliver crime prevention advice and undertake engagement activities.
Activities included wanted offender enquiries, targeted stop and search and officers from the two forces undertaking high visibility patrols together both in the Metropolitan Police and Kent Police areas, allowing for the sharing of local intelligence. Officers also jointly patrolled the bus networks crossing the border between Bexley and North Kent.
Other activity included Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) points along the thoroughfares between London and Kent, to prevent the displacement of crime and tackle travelling criminals.
Detective superintendent Bernie Galopin from Bexley Borough Police said: “Project Alliance is the Metropolitan Police and Kent Police working together to make our communities safer.
“Together we are creating a hostile environment for criminals in the area and will be working together on proactive and reactive incidents, both overt and covert patrolling and sharing and developing our intelligence more effectively.
“In addition to the operational side Project Alliance will allow us to manage critical and major incidents together, increase effectiveness and ensure efficiency gains as well as develop partnership relationships.
“Those who travel between force areas to facilitate their criminality may feel untouchable, but Project Alliance demonstrates our commitment to cross-border policing and shows that borders are not a barrier to justice. It also allows us to deliver an enhanced service to communities along the borders in terms of raising their satisfaction and confidence in the police.
“The stark message to those engaged in crime or travelling around the area to commit crime is that there is nowhere to hide. We are not constrained by geographic boundaries, we will continue to share intelligence and patrol together and you will be arrested and put before the courts.”
Superintendent Nicola Faulconbridge, of Kent Police, said: “We work closely with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police on a daily basis, but Project Alliance gives us the opportunity to strengthen our links and jointly target criminals to help keep Kent a safe place to live. Together we are stronger and committed to cracking down on offenders who have no regard for the misery they cause to victims living in Kent and London.”