Met Police adopt ramming tactics
Metropolitan Police officers are now authorised to ram suspects riding on mopeds and motorcycles in order to catch criminals.
The Met’s Operation Venice Investigations Team recently released a video demonstrating the full range of tactics that trained officers are permitted to use. These include driving into moped thieves during pursuit to knock them from their bikes and using DNA forensic tagging spray.
Officers will knock suspects from their bikes regardless or whether or not they are wearing protective gear such as helmets.
The release of the information was intended to deter potential offenders from committing moped-related crimes.
Commander Amanda Pearson of Frontline Policing said: "The Met is at the forefront of tackling moped and motorcycle crime and I am pleased to see that we have seen a reduction in offences. Our highly trained police drivers weigh up the risks and decide upon the most appropriate tactics in those circumstances.
"Offenders on mopeds and motorcycles who attempt to evade the police are making a choice that puts themselves and others at risk. So our message is clear: we can, we will and we do target those involved in moped and motorcycle crime at every opportunity."
Moped crime in the capital has been reduced by 44% according to recent figures, with 7,036 fewer incidents compared with the same period last year.
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