Cracking Down On Mobile Criminality

Staffordshire Police will once again be working with other forces and partners to stop criminals using the road networks both within and coming from outside the UK.

Coordinated by TISPOL (The European Traffic Police Network), Operation Trivium 9 will take place from Monday 9 to Friday 13 October.

Officers from the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Romania will be stopping vehicles and checking drivers’ details, with the purpose of making a significant impact on mobile criminality across Europe.

A special European Operations Control Centre, based at Europol headquarters in The Hague, will be operating throughout the week, providing officers with real-time information on individuals and vehicles who may be connected with crime.

Participating countries will all have their own control centres where information can be requested and shared.

Operation Trivium 9 is led by Superintendent Paul Keasey, who said: “We are once again committed to ensuring that borders hold no barriers when it comes to bringing about justice.

“We have a range of effective tactics to ensure that Trivium 9 will make a big contribution to safer, more secure roads, and in particular to protecting the most vulnerable members of society.”

Operation Trivium has grown to provide a consistently effective mechanism for disrupting criminal networks who are active in human trafficking, modern day slavery, illegal immigration and a wide range of other crimes.

Inspector Mat Derrick, of Staffordshire Police’s Tactical Support team, said: “Operation Trivium has built a strong international reputation – and it’s not about targeting people from particular countries or communities, it’s about targeting criminals.

“We will be working on intelligence provided by police forces outside the UK to target those who have committed crimes in other parts of Europe. They have come to the UK hoping to avoid arrest and continue with their criminal activities here, but we are determined to disrupt them.

“Although Operation Trivium is a week of focused activity, it also enables us to get information and leads into other offences we can follow-up in the future. It is a great example of multiple agencies working together for the benefit of communities.”