Information from observant members of the public is “invaluable” in helping police to track down and prosecute drug dealers and traffickers in Derbyshire, Chief Constable Mick Creedon told a meeting of PCC Alan Charles’ Strategic Governance Board on Monday (14 December).
Mr Creedon pointed out that 918 drug related intelligence referrals came from Crimestoppers in the year up to March 2015. During the same period, the value of drugs recovered where Crimestoppers intelligence was a factor amounted to £125,660.
The meeting also heard that the most common drug possession offenders are young white British males, with the offender profile very similar for drug trafficking offences.
Mr Creedon’s report also gave an update on the force’s approach to drug crime, which includes dedicated teams of officers and support staff working with partner agencies to investigate, prosecute and disrupt Organised Crime Groups whose primary criminal enterprise is the supply and trafficking of controlled drugs.
PCC Alan Charles said that information provided by the community, whether directly given to the Police or via Crimestoppers, was invaluable. “We haven’t gone soft on illegal drug use and those caught supplying drugs will be prosecuted,” he said. “But, realistically the force cannot have eyes everywhere, all the time so we need information to identify the suppliers. Crimestoppers provides an excellent and anonymous route by which people can do this.”
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Posted on Friday 18th December 2015