The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) launched its CESAR Champion initiative in 2020 to recognise the efforts of officials who use CESAR technology to identify a stolen piece of machinery. In an effort to encourage more engagement with the CESAR Security Scheme, the award is now being given to any officer who completes 10 checks on agricultural or construction machines or ATVs protected with the security system.

The three TVP officers who received a CESAR Champion award were:

  • PC James Gunner received the Green Agri badge for identifying a stolen New Holland tractor
  • PC Huw Kime received the Blue Construction badge for identifying a stolen dumper
  • PC Dan Smith received the Red ATV badge for identifying a stolen ATV

Taskforce Sergeant Chris Ruff said:

“It is really pleasing that three members of our team have received CESAR Champion awards, all for different types of vehicles and all from recoveries that happened in the same week. We have worked hard to train our staff in plant and agricultural vehicle identification, most of them having little or no knowledge of the subject when the team was set up a year ago.”

“Criminals are acutely aware that we are on the lookout for stolen machines and will take steps to try to hide, disguise or alter security markings. With the help of funding through the CESAR scheme, all of our staff now have a nationally recognised qualification and the training has really paid off with over a million pounds worth of recoveries in the last year. This has improved our ability to detect stolen equipment and these recoveries are a direct result of the technology that CESAR uses. We encourage owners to register equipment with the CESAR scheme, which is the nationally recognised scheme for plant and agricultural machines. It not only gives machines an identity but also allows the police to contact owners 24 hours a day, seven days a week if we locate it.”

Pictured: (L-R) Datatag Police Liaison team member, Pete Wilson with CESAR Champion award winners PC James Gunner, PC Huw Kime, PC Dan Smith, and Sgt Chris Ruff