Posted on 13th December 2013
Derbyshire officers teamed up with British Transport Police in a bid to crack down on travelling criminals in the area.
Police headed out on plain clothes patrols to tackle would-be criminals on trains between Glossop and Guide Bridge, Tameside.
The team patrolled the trains and carried out stop searches to prevent anti-social behaviour and drug use to keep local residents and commuters safe.
PC Julian Gallagher from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This drive was a great opportunity for us to team up with officers from British Transport Police in a bid to crack down on travelling criminals.
“It was a positive day where we were able to engage with the public and educate people about drug use, the dangers of carrying a BB gun and the effects that crime and anti-social behaviour have on the local community.
“The patrols were all part of keeping commuters and local residents safe and to make sure that would-be criminals were stopped so that they were not able to commit crimes.”
The day of action, which took place on Thursday, November 21, saw police carrying out two stop searches for suspected cannabis and two other stop searches which led to a BB gun and ammo being retrieved.
Four suspects were also identified for previous incidents of anti-social behaviour causing damage to Glossop station.
PC Andy Collier, of British Transport Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “It’s important to remember that the rail network is relatively crime free, however we do experience problems with anti-social behaviour and low level criminality.
“We will continue to work with our colleagues at Derbyshire Police to build a clear picture of what is happening in the neighbourhoods we serve and develop lasting solutions to any problems which are highlighted.
“For this to be successful we need passengers to also be our eyes and ears and report any criminal, anti-social or suspicious behaviour. This can be done by sending a text to BTP on 61016.”
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.