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Warwickshire Police launches crackdown on county lines drug crime.

 

A crackdown on drug gangs has been launched in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Police’s Operation Reduce is a response to a local increase in county lines crime – when gangs transport drugs from bigger cities into smaller towns.

Launched earlier this month, Project Reduce will see police work together with the wider community and partner agencies in a bid to decrease the impact of county lines in south Warwickshire.

Officers will gather intelligence, patrol hotspot areas, carry out warrants, provide reassurance and target individuals known to be involved in county lines. They will also seek to educate people about the dangers of county lines as well as the wider issues it brings.

The project also aims to ensure children and vulnerable individuals exploited as part of the county lines model are safeguarded while engaging with the community and encouraging them to report any suspicious activity.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Reader said: “Reducing county lines drug dealing remains a priority for our force.

“With Project Reduce we are looking to be robust in tackling, disrupting and dismantling county lines drug supply activities.

“Residents will see an increase in activity from our team as we look to reduce county lines, arrest offenders and work with partners to reassure and support anyone affected by these kind of incidents.”

 

For the full article written by the Leamington Observer please click here.

Orgininal article published on: 20th August 2021

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