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A new website is launching today (Tuesday, May 1) to promote the work of the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan).Since Titan was launched in April 2009, 225 criminals across the region have been sentenced to 731 years in prison. More than £2million of stolen goods have been recovered, 21 firearms have been taken off the streets and drugs with a street value of nearly £10million have been seized.
Titan is a collaboration of the six regional forces - Merseyside, Lancashire, GMP, North Wales, Cumbria and Cheshire - and was formed to combat serious and organised crime that crosses the borders of counties in the North West.
The unit tackles those involved in crimes such as drug trafficking, firearms, armed robberies, cash-in-transit attacks and aggravated burglaries.
The website features details of all 17 operations that Titan officers have investigated since the launch of the unit two years ago.
Among the operations include investigations where two Merseyside men have been sentenced to life for firearms offences, eight members of a Lancashire and Merseyside OCG who received more than 63 years in jail for drug trafficking and nine men from Greater Manchester who were jailed for 84 years for trafficking cocaine and heroin throughout the North West.
Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson said: "The website showcases the work of Titan which sends a strong message to those prepared to engage in violent and organised crime that we will find you and we will put you behind bars.
"The unit works hard with the six regional police forces, as well as partner agencies, to take criminals off our streets and to strip them of their ill-gotten gains.
"Titan is committed to tackling organised crime groups and their associated criminality, which has a huge impact on residents across the North West
"We will continue to work pro-actively to disrupt these criminals and ultimately take them off the streets to make our communities a safer place."
The website can be viewed at www.titanrocu.org.uk
Anyone with any information about serious criminality is asked to call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.