20th Sep, 2019

Protect - West Mercia launch new campaign to tackle organised crime

Correspondent 10th Sep, 2018

A NEW campaign to tackle serious and organised crime (SOC) and the harm it causes has been launched by West Mercia and Warwickshire Police.

Working together with our partner agencies, ‘Protect’ aims to ensure the combined Forces are in the best possible position to pursue, prevent, protect and prepare against organised crime groups.

Local Policing Priority Teams (LPPTs) are being established to target problems specific to local communities, whether relating to drugs, burglary, modern day slavery, economic crime or fraud.

The intention is to disrupt and dismantle criminality, making sure crime gangs are not only put before the courts but also stripped of their gains.

LPPT officers will be key to intelligence gathering such as those involving county lines drugs dealing and acquisitive crime and will work closely with other agencies.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: “There is no doubt serious and organised crime poses a threat to our communities, and those operating in organised crime groups can cause the most harm.

“Our aim remains to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities from harm and doing all we can to tackle serious and organised crime will play a big part in this.”

The campaign comprises four key areas:

· Pursue – prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC

· Prevent – stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC

· Protect – increased levels of protection against SOC

People can keep an eye on the progress of the campaign on the Forces Facebook pages.

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