A new police operation has been launched to tackle active offenders.
Operation Flynn will see officers from neighbourhood teams, 24/7 response and CID work together to gather intelligence about people committing crimes in North Tyneside and Northumberland in order to identify, locate and arrest those suspected offenders.
Police are targeting people suspected of being involved in a wide range of criminality from house and commercial burglaries to violent crime, including domestic abuse offenders.
Northern Area Command Chief Inspector Helena Barron said: “We’re pulling together all available resources to make a real difference and we want offenders to know that we have them in our sights and we will be using Operation Flynn to get in and make arrests so we can to bring offenders before the courts to be dealt with.
“This is an intensive, focused operation which will make a real difference to our neighbourhoods.
“We hope people will see this activity and feel reassured by the outcome, the aim of this is to benefit local people by making them aware of what we are doing to make our communities safer.
“As part of this operation we will also be giving residents information about crime prevention and the simple steps they can take to keep their homes safe and make them less likely to be a victim of opportunist crime”
Running over the next two weeks, the operation will be monitored and if required repeated over the coming months.
Officers making enquiries to locate suspects will speak to residents about the initiative and issue updates via the force’s twitter feeds.
Ch Insp Barron added: “Social media is a great way for local residents to find out at first hand from their local officers what is going on in their area.
“I would encourage anyone who is on twitter to follow their local team so they can keep up to date with our activity.
“It’s also a good way for us to give people crime prevention advice they can easily access via phones and tablets.”
The twitter accounts to follow include:
@NPNorthTyneside for the whole of North Tyneside
@NPNNorthShields covering North Shields
@NPNWhitleyBay covering Whitley Bay
@NPNWallsend covering Wallsend
@NPNKillingworth covering Killingworth