GPS tags use to track Northamptonshire’s most prolific criminals

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The county’s most prolific criminals are being tagged with GPS trackers and targeted by specialist investigators to stop them breaking the law.

Northamptonshire Police has revealed the force’s programme to monitor the most determined and destructive criminals in the county has now been extended to help cut crime.

The integrated offender management initiative has expanded to include specialist investigators as well as trained intervention officers, while GPS trackers are also being used to tag criminals.

The new, bigger team also includes officers from the force’s burglary team as well as from drink and drug initiatives.

Det Chief Insp Mark Evans, said: “The team will be continuing the work with probation and other key partners in a co-ordinated and dynamic way to manage the risk of re-offending and harm caused to communities.

The programme targets “prolific and priority offenders” who are responsible for a large amount of crime in the county and aims to target them with drug tests, regular visits and work with the probation service.

And officers say the use of GPS trackers to target criminals has already heralded some successes. Ten people have agreed to be tagged. Another eight have been recalled to prison and 12 remanded into custody.

DCI Evans said: “There have been a number of successes brought about by new GPS ‘tracker’ technology which is helping steer individuals away from crime. But this also allows us to focus on and disrupt those who continue to offer a threat of re-offending.

“There have also been significant arrests, charges and prison recalls of key offenders who have failed to comply.”

DCI Mark Evans, of Northamptonshire Police, said the team would look towards private firms and businesses to get criminals into work and get them to stop breaking the law.

He said: “We are also working with Probation to explore and develop new pathways with the private and third sectors to offer training, education and work to break the cycle for repeat offenders. However we will crack down hard on those who continue to commit offences such as burglary, vehicle crime and violence.”