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       Norfolk Police Wins World Class Policing Award

            orfolk Police has won a prestigious  World Class Policing   A spokesman said: “This is a very strong and worthy winner. This
            Award for its innovation in tackling, disrupting and preventing   evidence-based initiative is making real improvements to policing at
       Ncrime with its Operation Moonshot.                 a local level, delivering results and taking full account of officer safety.
        The force beat off competition from 54 finalists, drawn from more   This is a brilliant operation helping to disrupt crime and keep
       than 100 outstanding entries from across the globe, to win a trophy at   communities safe.”
       the new event recognising outstanding police work from across the   The World Class Policing Awards are sponsored by Accenture and
       world.                                              specifically recognise and celebrate the collaborative nature of policing
        Operation Moonshot combines police intelligence, specialist training   - whether that is a brilliant investigation, a business change project or
       and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) tools and has returned   a multi-agency partnership - in delivering the most effective and
       some incredible results since it piloted in 2016.   efficient way to protect our communities and keep them safe.
        The programme uses ANPR static and mobile cameras to highlight   Attendees at the Awards – which took place at the Grosvenor Hotel
       vehicles of interest and innovative use of intelligence to provide a   in Park Lane, London - included Chief Police officers from across the
       bespoke ‘hotlist’ ensuring vehicles stopped by the intercept team are   Globe as well as winners, their partners and sponsors. They were
       actively relevant criminals.                        presented by broadcaster Jeremy Vine.
        It means intercept teams can now pick out criminals of interest from
       other more road and traffic-related offenders.
        Operation Moonshot was part of a wider change programme at the
       force, and its successes have been nothing short of outstanding set
       against cuts to police resourcing.
        The types of crime being disrupted by the programme are high harm,
       high-risk offenders ranging from organised crime groups through to
       outstanding domestic abuse offenders.
        In addition, across the county within just 50 operational days 1,084
       arrests were made, 1,179 vehicles seized, 827 intelligence submissions
       made and 1,450 traffic offence reports completed.
        Operation Moonshot teams have seized 28 knives, five imitation and
       viable firearms and charged 13 criminals with offensive weapon
       offences while non-residential burglary and vehicle crime has been
       reduced in Norwich.
        The programme is now in place at Suffolk Police and has become a
       fundamental part of both forces’ neighbourhood policing tactics.
        Judges commented that this was an “extremely impressive          Photo credit Lenore Everson
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