The London Metropolitan Police are showing some backbone when it comes to tackling moped and motorcycle-mounted criminals, defending their practice of “ramming” offenders who try to flee.
The Met showed off their skills in a video posted by Scotland Yard last weekend, showing a dash-cam video montage of pursuit vehicles ramming fleeing suspects off of their bikes.
“Offenders on mopeds and motorcycles who attempt to evade the police are making a choice that puts themselves and others at risk,” Commander Amanda Pearson said in a statement. “So our message is clear: we can, we will, and we do target those involved in moped and motorcycle crime at every opportunity.”
The footage was featured on the Met’s Facebook page on Saturday, giving a dire warning to those who wish to flee the police.
“The public quite rightly expects us to intervene to keep London safe,” the Met wrote, quoting Pearson. “Our highly trained police drivers weigh up the risks and decide upon the most appropriate tactics in those circumstances.”
The new tactic is part of a new crime-tackling campaign, known as “Operation Venice.”
According to Chief Inspector Jim Corbett, “There has been a significant reduction in motorcycle & scooter crime with a decrease of 10,974 offenses to date this year in comparison to 2017.”
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