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Major Investigation Team boosts police capacity to deal with the most serious crimes

November 2016 saw the launch of the Major Investigation Team – a joint team that operates across Cleveland and North Yorkshire Police Force areas from bases at Middlesbrough and Harrogate.

The new collaborative team replaces Cleveland Police’s Murder Investigation Team and North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, and significantly increases the level of resources available to tackle some of the most complex and serious incidents, such as murder, stranger rape and serial armed robberies.

The team also features a “cold case” unit of nine people, to tackle this growing area of operations.

The overall number of people working in the Major Investigation Team has risen from 47 to 74, which includes a number of highly-trained civilian investigators, working to national standards.

The decision to create the Major Investigation Team was taken earlier in the year PCCs and Chief Constables as part of the Evolve Programme – a cross-Force collaboration which looks at where working together can improve services to communities and reduce operating costs. Since that time, both Forces have been working through the operational details, in preparation for the launch of the new Team in November.

Commenting on today’s launch, Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire said:

“Making sure we have the right resources to deal with really serious crimes is extremely important, and this Evolve initiative allows us to do that. By bringing our expertise together, and adding new resources, we will be able to enhance the service to communities in both areas.”

Chief Constable Dave Jones said:

“With the new Major Investigation Team, we have one team and one command structure that will provide specialist expertise in demanding and complex cases. This will ensure that our communities receive a strengthened service which is readily available when most needed.”