It’s not just Santa and his elves keeping an eye on the naughty list this year, as the force began its festive crime crackdown yesterday.
Superintendent Simon Wanless, who is overseeing the force-wide operation, said: “As we get closer to Christmas and South Yorkshire really starts to get into the festive spirit, the purpose of this operation is to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy this time of year safely.
“We also intend to keep a close eye on those individuals who may seek to take advantage of our vulnerable communities, as well as hunting down those wanted across the county.
“This time of year is one to be celebrated and enjoyed with friends and family, but it can also be a really difficult time for vulnerable members of our communities and victims.”
There are plans to visit licensed premises in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, to remind them of their responsibilities in keeping the public safe and ensuring individuals drink responsibly.
“Alcohol can have a significant impact on crime, especially at this time of year, and we do tend to see an increase in demand around incidents of antisocial behaviour, which has the potential to escalate into violence,” said Supt Wanless.
“We’re going to work closely with licensees during this operation so if you are planning to go out and have drinks to celebrate, you can do so safely and responsibly.
“We’ll also have our officers out scouring the county for identified, wanted individuals. They’ll be getting more than a lump of coal when our teams catch up with them – a trip to custody and the courts awaits!”
Officers in Doncaster and Sheffield will continue to visit properties as part of the ongoing initiative Operation Shield, where officers visit homes and other premises to deliver SmartWater, a liquid you can use to mark property and make it easier to trace.