COURTS have ordered criminals to pay more than £70,000 following action taken by Staffordshire Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) in the last month.
Since April, the small team who deal with POCA in Staffordshire have secured orders with a value of more than £890,000.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick Baker said: “We are working hard to bring offenders to justice, and an important part of this is ensuring that we take action under proceeds of crime, where we can demonstrate how the offenders have benefited financially from their criminal acts.
“It really is making sure that crime doesn’t pay as this is a debt the offender will have until it’s fully paid back, no matter their circumstances in the future.”
The money recovered is paid to the Government who then allocate a proportion of the cash back to Staffordshire for use in tackling community safety issues.