HRH Prince Michael presents Operation Trivium team with International Road Safety Award

Published Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:20

A successful cross-border law enforcement initiative has won one of this year’s Prince Michael International Road Safety awards. Operation Trivium has for the past four years targeted foreign national offenders who utilise the UK’s road network. Results show a clear record of sustained effectiveness over several years and displayed an exemplary use of police resources and international cooperation.

At the Awards Luncheon Ceremony in London, attended by the road safety minister and a number of international leading road safety professionals, HRH Prince Michael acknowledged the outstanding commitment that Trivium has made to tackling road safety issues and presented the Operation Trivium team with his award.

Launched in 2013 by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network), Operation Trivium brings together UK police forces and law enforcement agencies together with European partners to focus on mobile criminality and enforcing road safety. Recent operations have utilised a central command centre based in The Hague which enables real-time information sharing between officers to identify individuals and vehicles who utilise the road network but do not abide by UK road traffic legislation and negatively contribute to road safety issues.

To date, the operation has stopped 64,972 vehicles and issued 40,810 enforcement actions including safety advice, penalty notices, 4,348 vehicle seizures and 4,336 arrests.

National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum (NRPIF) Chair, Detective Superintendent Paul Keasey said:

“As the operational lead for Operation Trivium I am delighted to see the whole team get the recognition it deserves. Across the nine operations we have made real strides in disrupting organised crime networks, enhancing road safety, and building strong links with our key European partners.

“I am grateful to HRH Prince Michael and the judges for this award which will help us raise the profile of Op Trivium and expand our ability to keep everyone safe on the roads here and on the continent.”

TISPOL General Secretary Ruth Purdie said:

“Operation Trivium has consistently made best use of real-time intelligence combined with leading-edge enforcement technology to identify and dismantle sophisticated mobile criminal groups all across Europe.  These cross-border criminal networks represent serious harm to some of the most vulnerable people in society, as well as to the communities and businesses they target.

“We are proud that the good practice and effective partnership working demonstrated by Operation Trivium should be honoured with a Prince Michael Award. Trivium showcases good practice in cross-border enforcement, as well as the importance of intelligence sharing and the benefits to all sides of effective partnership working.”