Posted on 12:13:00 on 20th March 2017
Police in Barrow stopped twenty vehicles on Friday night (March 17th) during a proactive operation in the town.
One person was arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle whilst under the influence of controlled drugs, during the drink and drug-driving crackdown.
Driving license, insurance and car checks were carried out on every vehicle along with breath tests and drug wipes if an offence was suspected. Several people were given advice regarding their vehicles condition and the manner of their driving.
The operation saw Cumbria Police officers, including traffic cops and a dog handler, and constables from the Special Constabulary, stopping vehicles suspected of using the roads illegally.
Officers were based in and around Barrow, including Schneider road, Michaelson Road and Holker Street, from 9pm until the early hours of Saturday morning.
Barrow Sergeant Sara Seath said: “Proactive operations involving different departments are vital in removing from our roads those who think it is OK to drive under the influence of drink or drugs. They are also important to disrupt the activity of criminals who travel on our roads.
“I’d like to thank all the officers who took part, especially to the Special Constables who give up their time to make our streets safer. These volunteers have the same powers as regular police officers and play a crucial role in fighting crime – as their work on this operation highlights.
“We value their contribution and would encourage anyone interested in becoming a Special to get in touch and find out how they can help us ensure that our communities remain safe places to live and work.”
Sergeant Jessica Clulow, from the Special Constabulary, said: “As a Special being able to get involved in this proactive work is an interesting and varied opportunity, which makes our volunteering diverse and enjoyable.
"It not only allows for a bigger presence to be seen by the public but helps us to build on our skillset, make a difference, and support our regular police officer colleagues.”
Commenting on the results of the operation, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “This is a great example of how effective our local policing teams are. Through working together on proactive operations such as this, our communities are safer and criminals are taken out of circulation.
"Random operations such as these will continue and those tempted to flout the law must know they are likely to be caught. I’d like to echo Sergeant Seath’s comments and thank all officers, in particular our Special Constables who give up their time to play a pivotal role in the force.”
Visit our website https://www.cumbria.police.uk/Recruitment/Special-Constables/Special-Constables.aspx or call the Central Services Department on 101 – option 2 and ext 60036 for more information.