Off-road wars! Police force unleashes crack team of officers with all-terrain scramblers to tackle yobs terrorising communities on illegal motorbikes
- Staffordshire Police will use three off-road bikes to pursue countryside criminals
- Honda CRFs will be ridden by specially trained officers from roads policing unit
- They will be able to reach areas normal patrol vehicles struggle to navigate
A police force has unveiled a new tactic in the battle against anti-social yobs as it unleashes a crack team of officers with all-terrain scramblers.
Staffordshire Police are using three specialist off-road dirt bikes, which can even be driven through water, to pursue criminals across the countryside.
The new Honda CRFs will be able to reach areas which normal police patrol vehicles struggle to navigate as crooks increasingly evade more conventional pursuits.
Staffordshire Police have unveiled a new tactic in the battle against anti-social bike yobs as it unleashes a crack team of officers with all-terrain scramblers
The force has obtained the ‘lightweight and versatile’ scramblers, which will be ridden by specially trained officers from the roads policing unit, for use in all conditions.
Officers will use them to tackle nuisance and anti-social behaviour particularly caused by offenders using illegal off-road motorbikes across wasteland areas.
They will also help during searches for high-risk, missing and vulnerable people as well as responding to reports of crime, such as drug dealing, in secluded locations.
The new vehicles were only introduced earlier this month but have already been used by officers to make one arrest and seize three illegal bikes.
Staffordshire Police have today unveiled a video of the new bikes in action that shows them being used in rivers, down rocky paths and muddy trails as well as conventional roads.
The new Honda CRFs will be able to reach areas which normal police patrol vehicles struggle to navigate, including through water, as crooks increasingly evade more conventional pursuits
Officers will use the new vehicles particularly to tackle nuisance and anti-social behaviour by offenders using illegal off-road motorbikes across wasteland and urban areas
Chief Inspector Mat Derrick, who heads the force’s roads policing unit, said: ‘We are continuing to increase our focus on roads policing and making investments in specialist equipment to improve our capability to more effectively police the roads and surrounding remote areas.
‘The rapid deployment and agility of police bikes is a key tool in modern day crime fighting and helping to keep the public safe with enhanced technology and increased visibility.
‘Officers will be able to respond to incidents quickly, and patrol rough ground areas that are unreachable with conventional police vehicles, where individuals may be tempted to engage in illegal or nuisance riding, anti-social behaviour or other criminality.
They will also help during searches for high-risk, missing and vulnerable people as well as responding to reports of crime, such as drug dealing, in secluded locations
The new vehicles were introduced earlier this month but have already been used by officers to make one arrest and seize three illegal bikes
‘We hope that this on-going work as part of Operation Lightning will lead to a reduction in the number of reported incidents of illegal off-road motorbikes being ridden in a poor and anti-social manner across Staffordshire, and offer reassurance to the local communities affected.
‘We rely on information from the public to guide our resources to where they are needed most, so it is important that people continue to report these issues, so that we can tackle them.’
Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, said: ‘Asking people across Staffordshire for extra money through local tax has never been something I do lightly, and most of my time in office I have not done that.
‘I do believe, however, that investment in the tools to allow officers to do their jobs more effectively is welcomed by most people.
‘As a direct result of that additional money, these new off-road bikes will help to make a real difference in disrupting criminality and anti-social behaviour across hard to access terrains.’
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