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Current local priorities
Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities that we will be concentrating on over the coming months:
The local Ward Councillors, business Owners and residents have raised concerns about the apparent increase in drugs related activity and abuse in and around the Home Farm centre and surrounding area. There has been an increase of reports and intelligence of open drug taking, abuse and dealing in the area, and associated possession of weapons and violent criminality.
Issued: September 2018
What we are doing:The local Police team are conducting street consultations to ascertain the level of the drugs issue, and to endeavour to cultivate further relevant information and intelligence on the reported problems. We will conduct a full review of the current drugs related Intelligence, and consider the most effective Police enforcement options, that include drugs search warrants and street based stop and searches. Organise and carry out planned Police operations with the use of covert plain clothes officers and pro-active preventative and reassurance patrols, targeting key areas and currently known drugs individuals and gangs. We will also be working with partners to provide support, positive interventions and opportunities for drug users to actively break the cycle of drug abuse, which is very often linked to criminality and by being addicted to drug taking and having to fund the habit. Issued: September 2018
Knife Crime Reduction Initiative. Over the past few months the Police have dealt with several knife related incidents involving young persons. There has also been a increase in offensive weapons being recovered and knife related intelligence being received, with community concerns being raised about the fear of knife related incidents.
Issued: April 2018
What we are doing:In May and July 2018 the local Police teams with the support of specialist Police teams conducted planned Policing operations conducting uniformed and plain clothes patrols at key times and locations and previous knife crime hotspots. This resulted in 10+ arrested for weapons, drugs and proceeds of crime arrests and the recovery of a number of knifes, weapons, controlled drugs and proceeds of crime money and assets. We continue to regularly reviewing our local reassurance and preventative patrol strategy to target and disrupt these type offences and offenders at key identified locations. In addition known habitual knife carriers have been identified and pro-active multiagency engagement opportunities are being explored to divert them from carrying knifes and being involved in knife related offences. Local police teams are working with the E2 project and local schools, by delivering knife crime presentations by trained officers which have been well received by the students and staff and endorsed by parents, promoting #LivesNotKnives. Issued: September 2018