Since January 2014, officers from Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division have been actively targeting the cash of those involved in acts of criminality and have seized £18,026.64 from those involved.
This includes £8,510.39 seized on Tuesday 15 April 2014, which was a designated day of action under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is a very powerful tool used to disrupt serious organised crime in Scotland, and the rest of the UK.
Using criminal confiscation powers, the Act allows the enforcement authorities to track down and recover the profits of crime from individuals deemed to have benefitted from a criminal lifestyle. The powers can also be used to retain the assets of a suspect at the start of confiscation proceedings, therefore helping to disrupt further criminal activity.
Detective Inspector Brian Mackay said: “Police Scotland will continue to target those involved in criminality that cause harm to our communities.
“We will identify those that have benefited financially and take active steps to seize their assets. This is yet another tactic that we will continue to use in our commitment to help keep people safe.”
As part of the ‘CashBack for Communities’ programme, funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 are invested into community programmes, facilities and activities largely, but not exclusively, for young people at risk of turning to crime and anti-social behaviour as a way of life.