Northamptonshire Police has launched a three-month crackdown on violent crime, called Operation Scorpion.
Chief Constable Simon Edens announced today the force would be using a range of tactics to target violent offenders and reduce the threat of physical harm in the county.
To mark the start of the clampdown on violent crime, Mr Edens also unveiled a new plaque at Wootton Hall headquarters in support of the Reducing Domestic Violence Coalition - Peace One Day campaign.
Mr Edens said: “No level of violence in the county is acceptable.
“We are here to protect people from harm, that is the purpose of Northamptonshire Police
“We all need to work tirelessly to tackle violent crime and work relentlessly to arrest and lock-up offenders.
“We are working with partners, getting to the root-cause issues which lead people to commit violent offences”.
Superintendent Dennis Murray, who is leading Operation Scorpion, said officers would be carrying out ‘high impact’ exercises three days a week during the three-month campaign.
He said: “Officers will be going out today with a list of people in the county who are wanted for violent crime offences.
“We will also be working to reduce violent crime in a number of other ways by focussing on drugs offences, linking in with the schools, working with the prison service, working on the night-time economy.”
Me Murray said he believed that violence needed to be treated as a ‘public health issue” to achieve the target of a 40 per cent drop in violent crime set by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds.
He said: “After we have arrested people we will then be asking how we can further support them from not re-offending.
“Some people might be committing domestic violence because they are in debt and can’t handle the pressure or they may have anger issues.
“The three-month crackdown is about bringing people into custody but also targeting the long-term solutions.
“To deal with a 40 per cent reduction in violent crime it is about reducing the repeat offences, its about tackling this at source so people don’t get into the system and educating children.”