Podcast With Insight – Ernie Locke, Detective Inspector and police lead for the new Opal ACE national intelligence unit for agricultural and construction equipment theft


PODCAST WITH INSIGHT: Joining host Peter Haddock for this latest podcast, sponsored by our friends at used equipment specialist Ritchie Bros UK, is Ernie Locke, the Detective Inspector leading the new Opal ACE national police intelligent unit for agricultural and construction equipment.

Ernie is an experienced and passionate police officer joined by an equally skilled team that will support the industry to tackle the growth in plant theft. In this in-depth interview, he explains how the ACE team will use a 4P’s strategy of prepare, prevent, protect and pursue to disrupt their criminality.

ACE is part of Opal, which is the national intelligence unit focused on serious organised acquisitive crime (SOAC) across the UK. In this podcast, Ernie explains how the work Opal has already done will benefit ACE and help to tackle the scourge of Organised Criminal Gangs (OCG’s) in particular, both regionally, nationally and internationally.

Ernie also explains how support and funding from industry bodies like the Construction Equipment Association and insurers have helped create the unit, which can grow in the future.

There is so much to think about in this podcast, and as an industry, we need to support the ACE team, so if you want to get in touch to do, share information or simply ask a question, you can get in touch with them at opal@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

You can also read an interview with Ernie Locke by Peter Haddock in the September 2021 edition of Earthmovers Magazine. To