Met Police running Operation Big Wing to crack down on crime throughout London

First published in Lewisham

THERE will be no hiding place for criminals today (February 27) as Met Police officers will be everywhere during a day of action across the city.

Borough officers will be joined by specialist colleagues to carry out arrests, search warrants, licensing enforcement, ANPR operations, high visibility patrols and a range of other activity in what will be the widest ranging Big Wing operation to date.

Officers will also be conducting street briefings and police surgeries across the capital’s boroughs to inform and engage the public on what is being done to tackle crime and disorder.

Chief Inspector Andy Furphy, from Bromley Police, said: “Violence and drugs are serious, high harm crimes that can sadly have a devastating and lasting effect on local communities; however, there are also many other issues which might be seen as lower level offences, such as anti-social behaviour or uninsured drivers, that we know can and do blight the daily lives of too many people.

“Today’s operation is about showing residents that we have listened to their concerns and we are committed to taking robust preventative and disruptive action to stop this criminal activity and make their communities safer.

“It’s also about warning those intent on breaking the law and engaging in criminal activity that we will be doing everything we can to stop them, and wherever possible we will be putting them before the courts.

“Officers from every part of the Metropolitan Police Service have been mobilised and will be out and about on the streets today, tackling the crimes that affect your neighbourhood.

“You will see police carrying out licensing checks, uninsured vehicle checks, executing search warrants, and patrolling your local transport hubs throughout the day.

“Some of you will notice police surgeries where you can drop in to speak to an officer about your concerns; or street briefings, where you can listen in and find out what police are doing to make your neighbourhood safer.

“All members of the public are encouraged to engage with the officers, get some crime prevention advice, ask questions.

“We are here to serve the public, and we hope today’s activity will be one way of showing some of what we do every day to make London safer for our communities.”

The activity taking place across London today will include execution of warrants; arrests of those on outstanding warrants; arrests of gang members; arrests of domestic violence suspects; licensing checks; uninsured vehicle checks; ANPR; street briefings.

The units and departments involved include all 32 Met Police London boroughs; dog support unit; mounted branch; territorial support group; firearms command; trident and gang crime command; air support unit; royal parks command; traffic unit; special constabulary; police cadets; safer transport command.

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8:32am Wed 27 Feb 13

Happygolucky13 says...

This is all very good, but surely annoucing this before it happens will put off criminals, uninsured vehicles etc. entering the area for just a day.
This is all very good, but surely annoucing this before it happens will put off criminals, uninsured vehicles etc. entering the area for just a day. Happygolucky13
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8:52am Wed 27 Feb 13

banjo8 says...

It's more about creating an impression of doing something - other than that its just more hot air.
It's more about creating an impression of doing something - other than that its just more hot air. banjo8
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10:22am Wed 27 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Tomorrow we will get "the list", 4 puffers, 3 tax out of date, 2 outstanding warrants, 1 no insurance, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Yawnnnnnnnnnnn
Tomorrow we will get "the list", 4 puffers, 3 tax out of date, 2 outstanding warrants, 1 no insurance, and a partridge in a pear tree. Yawnnnnnnnnnnn Gypo.Joe
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1:13pm Wed 27 Feb 13

goldenbroomboy says...

The Met Police do not operate in the City, it has its own police force.

Is this shoddy journalism, or quoting a non too bright plod press release?
The Met Police do not operate in the City, it has its own police force. Is this shoddy journalism, or quoting a non too bright plod press release? goldenbroomboy
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1:42pm Wed 27 Feb 13

E-G-M81 says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
The Met Police do not operate in the City, it has its own police force. Is this shoddy journalism, or quoting a non too bright plod press release?
Do you not think they mean across the whole of the city of London north, east, south and west not the small financial area near Bank. Use your brain London is still classed as a city.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: The Met Police do not operate in the City, it has its own police force. Is this shoddy journalism, or quoting a non too bright plod press release?[/p][/quote]Do you not think they mean across the whole of the city of London north, east, south and west not the small financial area near Bank. Use your brain London is still classed as a city. E-G-M81
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2:20pm Wed 27 Feb 13

goldenbroomboy says...

E-G-M81 wrote:
goldenbroomboy wrote: The Met Police do not operate in the City, it has its own police force. Is this shoddy journalism, or quoting a non too bright plod press release?
Do you not think they mean across the whole of the city of London north, east, south and west not the small financial area near Bank. Use your brain London is still classed as a city.
Yes London is a city, that's why it has a city council. Greater London is not a city, nor is it "classed" as a city,it is a region, that is why it has a regional assembly, not a city council.

Have a nice day me ol' cocker.
[quote][p][bold]E-G-M81[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: The Met Police do not operate in the City, it has its own police force. Is this shoddy journalism, or quoting a non too bright plod press release?[/p][/quote]Do you not think they mean across the whole of the city of London north, east, south and west not the small financial area near Bank. Use your brain London is still classed as a city.[/p][/quote]Yes London is a city, that's why it has a city council. Greater London is not a city, nor is it "classed" as a city,it is a region, that is why it has a regional assembly, not a city council. Have a nice day me ol' cocker. goldenbroomboy
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4:04pm Wed 27 Feb 13

banjo8 says...

Maybe the only way is Middlesex? Oh no, wait a minute...
Maybe the only way is Middlesex? Oh no, wait a minute... banjo8
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5:02pm Wed 27 Feb 13

The Original Ranter says...

More spin. The truth is that Operation Big Wing should operate EVERY day, it's aims as described by Insp Furphy (sic) surely are the raison d'être of any police force. Loads of old warrants have been dug out and other policing tasks saved up for today. Loads of constables from 'specialist units' i.e not response or neighbourhood teams will be thrown out onto the streets for only a few hours, most of these will have been deskilled in many areas of front line work as they have other, real and necessary jobs and roles that they will have been removed from. Such events are patronising to the taxpayer and impress no-one except the deluded ACPO clones.
More spin. The truth is that Operation Big Wing should operate EVERY day, it's aims as described by Insp Furphy (sic) surely are the raison d'être of any police force. Loads of old warrants have been dug out and other policing tasks saved up for today. Loads of constables from 'specialist units' i.e not response or neighbourhood teams will be thrown out onto the streets for only a few hours, most of these will have been deskilled in many areas of front line work as they have other, real and necessary jobs and roles that they will have been removed from. Such events are patronising to the taxpayer and impress no-one except the deluded ACPO clones. The Original Ranter
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6:34pm Wed 27 Feb 13

jaded1 says...

The Original Ranter wrote:
More spin. The truth is that Operation Big Wing should operate EVERY day, it's aims as described by Insp Furphy (sic) surely are the raison d'être of any police force. Loads of old warrants have been dug out and other policing tasks saved up for today. Loads of constables from 'specialist units' i.e not response or neighbourhood teams will be thrown out onto the streets for only a few hours, most of these will have been deskilled in many areas of front line work as they have other, real and necessary jobs and roles that they will have been removed from. Such events are patronising to the taxpayer and impress no-one except the deluded ACPO clones.
Absolutely spot on Ranter.
[quote][p][bold]The Original Ranter[/bold] wrote: More spin. The truth is that Operation Big Wing should operate EVERY day, it's aims as described by Insp Furphy (sic) surely are the raison d'être of any police force. Loads of old warrants have been dug out and other policing tasks saved up for today. Loads of constables from 'specialist units' i.e not response or neighbourhood teams will be thrown out onto the streets for only a few hours, most of these will have been deskilled in many areas of front line work as they have other, real and necessary jobs and roles that they will have been removed from. Such events are patronising to the taxpayer and impress no-one except the deluded ACPO clones.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on Ranter. jaded1
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9:39pm Thu 28 Feb 13

reasonable75 says...

And remember all the bigwigs will come out of their offices so they can be photographed & filmed

Next day back to normal
And remember all the bigwigs will come out of their offices so they can be photographed & filmed Next day back to normal reasonable75
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8:14am Fri 1 Mar 13

The Original Ranter says...

Anyone who has served/is serving in the Met Police or any force will know what these hugely publicised operations are all about. Thanks to t'interweb the truth now gets out there - yet still, like the corrupt politicians we are saddled with - the ACPO/Common Purpose clones persist in lying to the rest of us, the 'little people' they really hold in utter contempt. They & their wannabee ACPO acolytes can't help themselves & continue like Nero fiddling while Rome burns. These awful, self promoting nonentities who believe their own publicity are a disgrace. Meanwhile the gulf between public and police grows ever wider, respect and support haemorrhaging away, The police stations still remaining are closing and being sold off; the offices and shop fronts that replaced the last tranche of station closures are also being closed so that the public can report to WH Smiths or Costa Coffee or indeed Post Offices...wait...are
n't they all closing too? right, back to WH Smith's and Costa then. Uniformed constables are being withdrawn from patrol & supposedly being replaced with PCSOs who we all know are rarely seen in non-urban areas except holding 'surgeries' and driving liveried vehicles about. In London they still patrol in clutches of threes, an expensive representation of diversity and vibrancy but achieving little. I could go on but what's the point, it is a done deal and the public are on their way to getting the police service they supposedly wanted....right?
Anyone who has served/is serving in the Met Police or any force will know what these hugely publicised operations are all about. Thanks to t'interweb the truth now gets out there - yet still, like the corrupt politicians we are saddled with - the ACPO/Common Purpose clones persist in lying to the rest of us, the 'little people' they really hold in utter contempt. They & their wannabee ACPO acolytes can't help themselves & continue like Nero fiddling while Rome burns. These awful, self promoting nonentities who believe their own publicity are a disgrace. Meanwhile the gulf between public and police grows ever wider, respect and support haemorrhaging away, The police stations still remaining are closing and being sold off; the offices and shop fronts that replaced the last tranche of station closures are also being closed so that the public can report to WH Smiths or Costa Coffee or indeed Post Offices...wait...are n't they all closing too? right, back to WH Smith's and Costa then. Uniformed constables are being withdrawn from patrol & supposedly being replaced with PCSOs who we all know are rarely seen in non-urban areas except holding 'surgeries' and driving liveried vehicles about. In London they still patrol in clutches of threes, an expensive representation of diversity and vibrancy but achieving little. I could go on but what's the point, it is a done deal and the public are on their way to getting the police service they supposedly wanted....right? The Original Ranter
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