POLICE in Huddersfield are set to pocket criminals’ cash.
The Home Office has announced that West Yorkshire Police will get £158,113 as part of an incentive scheme allowing police and recovery agencies to keep half of all cash they seize from criminals.
Between October and December 2008 police forces and other asset recovery agencies have confiscated £31.8m nationally.
Half of that will be shared between police, prosecutors, courts and other agencies.
The amount due to be received by West Yorkshire Police is an increase of £25,000 compared to the previous quarter.
Det Chf Supt Howard Crowther said: “Thanks to the hard work of officers and the co-operation of local communities millions of pounds are being seized from criminals within West Yorkshire.
“The cash which West Yorkshire Police receive is used to benefit communities and also funds further action against criminals.
“While police operations target criminals and see them brought to justice before the courts, using the Proceeds of Crime Act we can also take away their assets – cash, their homes and their cars.”