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Police aim to make drug dealers' lives 'a misery' in new strategy
8:33am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A DRUG strategy launched today by West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police aims to make life a misery for dealers while working with partners to steer addicts towards treatment and youngsters away from taking them.
The three-year strategy drawn up by the forces in alliance supports the framework of the National Drug Strategy, with the overall aim being to protect people from harm.
The focus will be on treatment and targeting those who cause the most harm through drugs.
Central to that will be reducing supply and demand, the first by identifying and dismantling trafficking and dealer networks, closing drug “factories” and combating the markets themselves.
Up to April this year controlled drugs with a combined street value in excess of £10,000,000 were seized across West Mercia and Warwickshire.
The most prevalent street drug across both forces is cannabis and in the year to August 31, a total of 199 offences of cannabis production (cultivation) were recorded by West Mercia Police and 162 by Warwickshire Police. In April this year alone, 544 kilos of cannabis plants were seized and destroyed across both areas.
Demand is intended to be reduced through early intervention, working with partners to prevent young people taking drugs. There will also be a drugs intervention programme and arrest referral workers provided for people taken into police custody through their involvement in drugs.
Execution of “drugs warrants” and other Intelligence-led police operations will continue to be aimed at disrupting pushers, as well as targeting users who persistently cause problems in their community through crimes such as shoplifting and burglary to feed their addiction.
Implementation of the new drug strategy is being co-ordinated by Det Supt Graeme Pallister.
He said: “Compared to the situation in many major cities our drug problems may appear small but if drugs have made your life a misery then it’s still a misery, whether you live next door to a dealer, your son or daughter has become an addict or you have been burgled by a drug user looking to fund their habit.
“This strategy is aimed at taking the misery out of people’s lives as much as is humanly possible. It’s all about reducing harm in our communities.”
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