'Trojan' Bus Patrols Catch Out Wakefield Criminals

Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Special ‘Trojan Horse’ bus patrols carrying police officers have hit the roads in Wakefield to ensure those seeking to cause anti-social behaviour really face paying a penalty.

Wakefield District Police and Arriva Yorkshire have deployed a number of ‘Trojan’ bus operations in Wakefield with more planned to target those involved in crime or causing misery to residents and commuters.

Three patrols have been carried out so far in Wakefield and one in Ossett in which services have carried police officers on them at key times to deter and also take action against those committing offences.

The Trojan patrols were specially targeted to take place on routes identified by Wakefield District Police as having issues with anti-social behaviour

So far officers on the special patrols have spotted and foiled potential anti-social behaviour by youths, identified and confiscated illegal motor cycles spotted while on Trojan patrols, and taken action against drivers seen using mobile phones while behind the wheel.

Police also foiled a potential serious assault after taking intelligence led action against a male who was carrying a hammer travelling on a service to Wakefield Bus Station.

Aside from supporting the Trojan Patrols, Arriva Yorkshire have also supported one of their drivers to become a policing special constable through the ESP (Employer Supported Policing) scheme. 

Once trained he will carry out policing in Wakefield in paid time. 

Inspector Helen Brear of Wakefield Central NPT, said: “We have been working very closely with Arriva in Wakefield and I want to thank them for the support they have shown us, both through Employer Supported Policing and through these patrols.

“Trojan bus patrols are highly effective for us in being able to provide reassurance to passengers.

“They also allow us catch those committing criminal offences unawares by deploying officers in places where residents would not ordinarily expect to find them.

“We have had some excellent results in the last four patrols and area already planning more operations for the near future.”

Paul Flanagan, General Wakefield Manager for Wakefield Arriva Yorkshire, said: “These operations are something we, as a local Bus Operator are keen to continue as we see ourselves as an important part of the local Wakefield Community and will do all we can to support a better and safer city region through partnership working with West Yorkshire Police.”

Adding that one of their drivers would soon be policing in Wakefield with the companies support as a special constable, he said; “ This is further support for the local community which we are keen to promote and build upon.”

 

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