Op Voyager sees Barnsley town centre targeted in day of action

Date published: 02 December 2021 15:09
Dated: 02 December 2021 14:51:59

Officers pounded a lot of pavements in Barnsley town centre yesterday (Wednesday 1 December) as the latest Op Voyager was conducted in the town.

Op Voyager is a day of action where neighbourhood teams develop an operational order based on the issues within their communities at the time. This includes search warrants, other enforcement measures and plenty of community engagement.

And yesterday it was the turn of the Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team to host the op.

The event lasted for more than four hours and saw officers joined by colleagues from other NPTs across the district, staff from Barnsley Council Trading Standards as well as their Street Wardens as part of the Joining Forces Initiative and search dog Roscoe.

Peel Parade, Peel Square and Market Hill were all covered by the group. They conducted 10 stop and searches of which five found drugs and members of staff from the drug and alcohol service Recovery Steps Barnsley were also on hand to offer advice and intervention.

The Trading Standards team were focussing on tobacco fraud during the day and found approximately 6,000 cigarettes concealed at two premises and Trading Standards are now seeking prosecutions.

Barnsley Central NPT Temporary Sergeant Neil Crossland, who took part in the op, said: “Much like Op Duxford days of action, Op Voyager is a chance to engage with our communities and tackle issues we know mean  a lot to them.

“We hope that seeing a larger presence in the town centre will have provided reassurance for those people out and about, and that they feel safer coming into Barnsley town centre knowing we are dealing with these issues.”

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