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No hiding place for criminals

PUBLISHED: 14:39 12 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:41 23 August 2010

JOINT EFFORT: The marine unit.

JOINT EFFORT: The marine unit.

A LANDMARK partnership will have criminals thinking twice about using the River Thames. In a move that will save on resources and money, Kent and Essex police forces patrolling the river will formally combine tomorrow to form the Force s Joint Marine Uni

A LANDMARK partnership will have criminals thinking twice about using the River Thames.

In a move that will save on resources and money, Kent and Essex police forces patrolling the river will formally combine tomorrow to form the Force's Joint Marine Unit.

The unit will also receive intelligence from the Port of London Authority.

Kent Assistant Chief Constable Andy Adams said: "There will be no hiding place for criminals trying to use the Thames for illegal activity. Our combined resources take us to the forefront of river policing and we look forward to building on the existing partnership we have with our colleagues in Essex and at the Port of London Authority."

In 2009 the idea was piloted, saving around £100,000 and resulting in more than double the number of ships boarded for security checks.

Ann Barnes, chair of the Kent Police Authority said: "I'm delighted that we have now formalised the sharing of our Kent and Essex marine units. Both parties will complement each other by bringing their own skills and knowledge."

The agreement is the latest stage in closer working between Kent and Essex. This has already seen the forces engaged on a joint Information Technology project and the setting up of a specialist crime directorate which will be one of the biggest units in the country tackling major crime.

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