POLICE in part of Kirklees have hit a landmark.
The crimebusters of the Dewsbury Division Target Team - formed in November of last year - has now topped 500 arrests.
They include a 55-year-old man from Dewsbury, who was wanted for a serious assault in South Yorkshire, and had been on the run for five years.
He was tracked down by the Target Team to be returned to court.
Chief Insp Keith Hallas, of Dewsbury, said: "This is a fantastic achievement.
"With the support of our partners and the community we are having an impact and will continue to target offenders who are committing crime and anti-social behaviour."
Sgt Andy Howard who heads up the team said: "I am really pleased with the results we have had so far.
"The majority of offenders come quietly, however some go to great lengths to evade capture by hiding in lofts or jumping out of windows.
"There is no escape. The Target Team is dedicated and professional and will pursue those responsible for crime and anti-social behaviour within the community.
"Anyone who is wanted for an offence or who has failed to turn up at court should hand themselves in - otherwise we will be on their case.
"The next corner they turn may be straight into the hands of a police officer."
The team consists of a sergeant and five police constables. They have been tasked with the job of arresting people wanted for priority offences such as burglary, drug trafficking, robbery and vehicle crime.
The team has supported other established units within the division in conducting a wide range of operations including co-ordinated warrant initiatives, car crime campaigns and raids on local burglars.
Clr Ann Raistrick, Kirklees Cabinet Member for Safer Communities said: "This police initiative is proving to be very successful and demonstrates the best aspects of partnership working. I hope the new Local Policing Plan will build on this work."