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Suffolk's Sentinel police teams set to be focus of new TV show




Viewers are set to see the work of Suffolk Police's Sentinel teams in a new 10-part television series starting on Sunday.

Fast Justice, which starts on Dave at 6pm, will show the work of one of the constabulary's most proactive crime-fighting teams.

First formed in 2019, the Sentinels disrupt serious and organised criminal gang (OCG) activity, show an increased police visibility across Suffolk’s road network and are split over the county into three teams - West, South and East.

In March, Suffolk Constabulary says the teams have collectively made more than 733 arrests since they were formed.
In March, Suffolk Constabulary says the teams have collectively made more than 733 arrests since they were formed.

Mike Moon, who is the sergeant for the south team, based in the Ipswich area, said: "People will see the kind of things we deal with and it will show how proactive policing has been brought back to the county, taking the fight to the OCGs and other people who bring the most harm to our community.

"Our three areas are very different - the West has its towns spread out so it is difficult for them to do what they do, Ipswich has a very heavy London influence with the most serious and larger volumes of crime and Lowestoft sees more localised crime, people will see those differences too."

ITN Productions spent three months embedded with officers during the latter part of last year and were given exclusive access to film the teams.

The East Team of the Sentinels who are one of the teams featured in Fast Justice. (46149363)
The East Team of the Sentinels who are one of the teams featured in Fast Justice. (46149363)

Sergeant Moon said: "There was a lot of nervousness as we had never had journalists embedded with us like that.

"We work in a dirty world in terms of what we do and there was a bit of concern but actually what has been made is fantastic, it was challenging but a very enjoyable experience."

Fast Justice will start on Dave at 6pm on Sunday.

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