Killers and rapists have been locked up for a total of 1,000 years since the formation of a three-force Major Crime Unit.
Judges have now passed a total of 1,018 years’ imprisonment in minimum tariffs on life sentences and jail terms for those responsible for some horrific crimes in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
A total of 37 life sentences have been passed since the unit was launched last year.
Latest offender to be sentenced include Thilak Mohan-Raj, 25, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years, at Luton Crown Court.
Mohan Raj had murdered shopkeeper Vairamutha Thiyagarajah after the shopkeeper confronted him over a theft of money from his Bedford home in April.
The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Units joined forces in 2012 to combine expertise on investigating the most serious offences across the three counties.
Senior investigating officers direct teams of detectives and police staff, family liaison officers, intelligence staff, analysts and forensic managers from across the three forces.
The unit, which has hubs in Huntingdon and Welwyn Garden City, has five dedicated teams investigating murders, stranger rapes, kidnap and extortion, and other major inquiries which also include several cold case investigations.