West Midlands Police again play host to a nationwide crackdown on overseas crooks when Operation Trivium launches in Birmingham this week.
#OpTrivium (23-27 Nov) sees officers working alongside partner agencies like the National Crime Agency, Gangmasters Licensing and immigration to target Foreign National Offenders (FNOs) operating in the UK.
Staffordshire Police will be supporting the operation throughout the county.
Working from a command centre in Edgbaston they will link in with intelligence experts at Europol’s HQ in The Hague to provide police patrols on UK roads with a complete picture on any suspects they encounter – and ensure no criminals slip through the net.
It’s the fifth running of Operation Trivium which launched in summer 2013 with just a handful of UK police forces taking part.
Back then the week-long arrest tally stood at just over 100 but the latest running of Trivium in June saw almost 900 FNOs arrested – including 94 in the West Midlands – and more than 600 vehicles seized.
West Midlands Police Superintendent Paul Keasey is the European Operations Commander for Op Trivium in the UK.
He said: “Trivium is now an established national operation with proven results of netting foreign criminals operating in the UK and showing that borders are no barrier to justice
“It’s fantastic Trivium has evolved so rapidly in the space of just over two years: this latest running will see every single UK police force taking part, while a total of 11 countries across Europe are involved and feeding into that intelligence cell in The Hague.
“We’ll again work with the NCA to focus on people wanted on European Arrest Warrants and have a strong presence on major road networks to catch and disrupt overseas criminals.”
Two Romanian men arrested in the West Midlands during #OpTrivium last June remain on remand in prison awaiting trial on drug dealing charges.
Nicolae Pasc, 25, and Mircea Rusu, 24, are accused of having £70,000 worth of cannabis in their possession when Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) cops stopped a car they were driving on the M5 between junctions 1-2. They are set to appear at Exeter Crown Court in December.
Their vehicle was among almost 8,500 stopped nationally during June’s offensive as police officers the length and breadth of the country focused on Foreign National Offenders.
Supt Keasey added: “Officers across the West Midlands will be involved in ANPR operations on the look-out for suspect vehicles, run roadside checkpoints, and support immigration officials on visits to businesses suspected of employing foreign over-stayers.”
National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, added:
“Operation Trivium has been an invaluable tool in helping us catch foreign national offenders using our road network as part of their criminal activity. I am delighted to support this work as it is a successful example of solid, collegial international collaboration with colleagues from a variety of countries working together since the operation’s inception.