The Met has seized millions of pounds from criminal operations across London.
Between April 2020 and 2021 the force took in £47.2 million in cash alone.
Police have now decided to reinvest the money into operations that target violent crime.
As part of this, they have spent a portion of the cash on something that is very cute yet practical.
Officers have bought puppies who will be trained to discover laundered and hidden money.
The new furry members of The Met were introduced to the public in a series of photo.
The litter of spaniels can be seen cuddling on a sawdust-lined enclosure.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Wright, from the Central Specialist Crime Command (Economic Crime), said: “Cutting off the cash flow that is generated by criminality and ill-gotten gains not only helps to tackle violent crime, the Met’s number one priority, but it also helps to fund extra policing resources.
“Our investment in training these new puppies as cash seizure dogs will help us to find cash that is hidden in secret compartments, known as hides, in vehicles and homes – making our work quicker and more effective. In turn I hope it means the Met’s economic crime teams will be even more productive and build on the best year for cash seizures we have had in a while.”
What did the police recover?
The 2020/21 financial year was a record year for the Met’s Proactive Money Laundering Teams, who recovered £14.4m and made 116 arrests.
They also found and seized 67kgs of drugs and two machine guns with over 300 rounds of ammunition.
In the same financial year, the Met as a whole also increased its total value of cash seizures of coins and notes by over 150 per cent (£18.4m in 19/20 up to £47.2m in 20/21 – an increase of £28m).
Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher, who leads the Central Specialist Crime Command added: “The Economic Crime Command plays a crucial part in supporting the Met’s number one priority – tackling violence on the streets of London and I am unbelievably proud of all of the hard work that my officers have put in over the last year. We’re continuing our focus particularly on how we are depriving criminals of the profits they make from criminality.
“There is an intrinsic link between money and violence. It is the motivator for most crime types across the world, but in particular the drug trade and organised crime. By disrupting the flow of money, we are disrupting core business for many criminals across the capital. Behind every pound made by a criminal is a trail of misery in our communities.
“We have been committed to reducing street violence across London, and the Commissioner has been clear that this is a priority for the entire Metropolitan Police Service. We are tackling it from all angles and making London a hostile and difficult place for those intent on committing acts of violence to operate.”