Full force of law on the roads

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West Yorkshire Police coordinated the mass deployment of all specialist police vehicles onto the county’s roads to tackle crime.

The unprecedented activity - part of Operation Viper - saw all vehicles with West Yorkshire Police insignia sent out en masse on a series of operations to tackle crime and target burglars.

In order to crew the variety of cars, 4x4 vehicles, vans, and motorbikes, specialist and advanced drivers were supplemented by senior managers and special constables to ensure all vehicles were dispatched at the same time.

The show of strength included vehicles that are normally used to deal with public order operations like football matches.

These were joined by Roads Policing Units, Firearms Officers, Dog Units, Roads Crime Team officers and police motorcycle riders.

Vehicles used to train advanced police drivers were also utilised as part of the coordinated deployment of specialist police resources.

The exercise tripled the normal deployment of West Yorkshire Police vehicles on the county’s road network.

Superintendent Pat Casserly said: “I want criminals to be constantly looking over their shoulder in fear of us and unsure of how and where we are going to strike at them.”

Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead, who leads Operation Viper, said: “Operation Viper is part of our day to day, all year round effort to combat burglary and the activity is just one aspect of the way in which we are using a wide variety of policing techniques to actively target the county’s most prolific criminals.

“These high tech, high visibility and high impact deployments reflect the day to day determination of West Yorkshire Police to keep our communities safe.”