Thames Valley Police has seized £1 million worth of cash from suspected criminals in this financial year.
The force was set a target of achieving 134 cash detention orders and has already surpassed that by making made 157 orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Detective Inspector Gavin Tyrrell from the economic crime unit said: “The underlying principle of the Proceeds of Crime Act is to remove cash and other assets from criminals so they cannot profit from their crimes or reinvest in other criminal enterprises.
“The seizure of this huge amount of cash is a tremendous achievement for everyone involved and should send a clear warning to the criminals that harm our communities, that we will use every tactic available to bring you to justice and remove the profit from crime.”
Financial investigators from the force’s economic crime unit are now conducting investigations into where the cash came from and are applying for forfeiture orders at local magistrate courts.
To date, 24 forfeiture orders amounting to £324,485 have been granted by magistrates – because they were convinced that the seized cash was from crime or would be used to finance law-breaking.
If you know or suspect someone is living from the proceeds of crime contact Thames Valley Police on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the official webiste via www.crimestoppers-uk.org