How ‘Operation Jemlock’ is making a difference in Huddersfield and across West Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire surge to tackle serious violence, including knife crime, is continuing to make a difference to the communities of West Yorkshire. 
 
Operation Jemlock was launched in April 2019 to run throughout West Yorkshire. It involves officers patrolling high priority areas to provide a reassuring, highly visible presence within those communities and the required enforcement when required. 
   
Although every week is different for the Jemlock team, to give an insight in what they do between Monday 7 June – Sunday 13 June the team deployed 100 officers in specific areas across West Yorkshire. The areas were identified through analysis as suffering disproportion levels of violent crime and within those areas, officers carried out over 800 hours of patrols. 

A total of 36 arrests were made for a variety of offences, including possession of weapons, assaults, drugs offences, stalking and recalls to prison. Officers also recovered and removed 16 weapons from the streets and provided 46 intelligence reports to support future operations and activity.

On Thursday 10 June the team requested a car stop on Tandem Way, Huddersfield. The vehicle continued with three people who then making off from the vehicle. Two people were arrested a short time later and officers searching the vehicle found a large quantity of cash and suspected Class A drugs.

A further bag of suspected Class A drugs was found, and a 40-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of Possession with Intent to Supply Class A drugs. A further 37-year-old man was also arrested. All three were released under investigation as enquiries continue.  

Since Operation Jemlock began in 2019, over 5,691 arrests have been made and over 765 weapons have been seized and taken off our streets.
 
Chief Inspector James Kitchen of Operation Jemlock, said 
“Operation Jemlock continues to target those who are involved in violent crime and knife crime and the locations that they frequent. The patrols are evidence based and we work hard to make sure we are in the right places at the right times to support the communities who are most affected.”

“Having a visible presence, using strong enforcement and making meaningful arrests has shown to have an impact on violent crime, with reductions of 9% in knife crime and a 25% reduction in knife point robberies over the last 12 months. Understanding that enforcement is only one part of the solution, we work closely with the violence reduction unit and partners to bring about long-term change.”

“We will continue to work tirelessly to put ourselves in the right places to continue to reduce violent crime and knife crime.” 

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