A joint operation by the UK Border Agency and the Metropolitan Police has led to the removal of more than 175 of London's most prolific foreign national offenders.
Operation Nexus was launched in September 2012 to target the increasing number of high-harm foreign national offenders and immigration offenders in London.
Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “I've been clear that we will take all possible action against individuals who pose a risk to the public and remove them from the country at the earliest opportunity.
“Through our combined work with the police we are using the full force of immigration powers on those who seek to commit crime and damage our communities. The success of this operation proves that foreign nationals who continue to offend in this country will be arrested and removed from the UK.”
Many of the operation’s successes have come as a result of posting UKBA officers in 21 custody suites across London. This now allows UKBA to run real-time immigration checks on individuals brought into custody for a crime and establish if they are wanted abroad, have previous convictions abroad or are here illegally.
Nexus also provides the UKBA and police with additional tactics. Unknown prints at police crime scenes and other forensic markers are now being run against UKBA biometric databases in a bid to solve previously unsolved crimes, both in the UK and abroad.
Working relationships have been established with police officers from countries where high volumes of offenders are identified to help share information and further speed up removals. Twenty officers have already been seconded from Romania.