Success for Police Scotland’s Operation DEKA

The Operation aims to reduce crime numbers
The Operation aims to reduce crime numbers

More than 350 warrants have been executed and almost 200 people arrested in the first week of a new high-profile Police crackdown targeting offenders wanted on warrant.

Operation DEKA was instigated by Police Scotland to proactively target those wanted on warrant throughout the North and Northeast of Scotland.

Fine defaulters with an accumulated debt of £37,459 have also been dealt with during the first phase of the operation.

Officers started the campaign on Monday, September 1, and have been working in partnership with representatives of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Scottish Court Service.

They identified and arrested a total of 190 people wanted on warrant for outstanding crimes, failure to appear at court, failure to comply with court orders and non-payment of fines.

A total of 147 Apprehension Warrants were executed while 207 Warrants related to failure to pay fines.

Of those arrested, a number related to crimes of violence and disorder, including assault and antisocial behaviour.

Other warrants were for a wide spectrum of offending, including misuse of drugs and theft of or from property.

Five individuals were arrested on Extract Conviction Warrants whichmeant they went directly to prison instead of paying a fine.

During the operation, a man was also arrested for being in possession of a knife in Aberdeen.