Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Freight and Road Haulage Interests Will Miss Truck Crime Unit

TruckPol Closes Despite Support of Industry
Shipping News Feature

UK – Despite the best efforts of industry bodies such as the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA), TruckPol, the specialist Police unit devoted to assessing and assimilating crime statistics, crime information and crime trend monitoring with particular reference to truck thefts and offences, was closed down at the end of March. In February we published details of the desperate financial straits the unit was in and attempts to refinance after the withdrawal of public funds were unsuccessful.

TruckPol has operated successfully since its introduction in 2007 and was part of the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) which will continue unaffected. Suggestions, comments and requests will continue to be monitored via the AVCIS service at truckpol@avcia.pnn.police.uk or via the TruckPol Manager, Detective Sergeant Sue Coutts at sue.coutts@avcis.pnn.police.uk DS Coutts commented:

"Many of you will already be aware that toward the end of last year we raised concerns in relation to the future of TruckPol, following the withdrawal of our Home Office grant in the last round of Government cut-backs on small units and special programs. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to encourage new sponsors and identify alternative funding streams we have been unsuccessful in ensuring the survival of the TruckPol desk and website. Therefore we can no longer afford to operate TruckPol and will be closing.

"Thank you to all those Police Officers, staff and Industry contacts for all your hard work in sending us regular data and intelligence. The long-term support of RSA and other major industry sponsors over the years and the new efforts to keep TruckPol in place is also very much appreciated. Although TruckPol is closing, I can assure you that AVCIS itself remains viable and continues to operate as normal. I will remain, in the short term, as part of their Intelligence team."