Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has welcomed recent progress in tackling drug crime in Derby, saying partners remain focused on removing fear and violence from city streets.
The Commissioner hosted a meeting of his City Centre Summit working group recently to review multi-agency efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour and street crime which impacts quality of life for residents and visitors.
In the same week Derbyshire police made a series of arrests in connection with the supply of drugs under Operation Halifax – the ongoing police investigation in Derby and the East Midlands to tackle the production and supply of Synthetic Cannabinoids (known as Mamba and Spice).
Four men and two women were arrested on Monday 11 June on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs after nine warrants were issued by policing teams across Derby and over the border in Nottinghamshire.
Five further arrests – four men and one woman - were made in the city on Wednesday after warrants were carried out at other addresses in the city.
A huge number of agencies have been brought together as a result of the Commissioner’s City Centre Summit to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour by rough sleepers, beggars, street drinkers and drug users.
The emphasis remains on supporting vulnerable people to break the cycle of harm but there are tough penalties for those who resist with officers utilising the full arm of the law to disrupt criminal activity which blights the lives of local people and impacts on public safety.
Following the latest meeting, Mr Dhindsa said: “These latest arrests are good news for Derby and shows the commitment and passion our local police force is investing in tackling these tough problems.
“This operation is the direct result of the work of the City Centre Summit to permanently dismantle the illegal drug network which is permeating the city. Our tough, no-nonsense approach has generated significant interest nationally and other organisations are now considering the strength of pulling together multiple public, voluntary and business sectors to solve pressing problems. I hope our innovative work continues to be held up as a beacon of success.
“There’s still a lot of work to do but there remains a real energy and enthusiasm for getting this right and I’ve no doubt further successes will be achieved.”
Local research shows those involved in the supply of illegal drugs often carry weapons such as knives and this has become part of the culture of this kind of offending.
Police believe this has increased levels of violent crime and antisocial behaviour and the force is determined to commit significant resources to take proactive, positive action to tackle these issues.
However, Mr Dhindsa was also quick to praise the impressive results delivered by the Partnership Engagement and Enforcement Programme (PEEP), which was formed last June (2017) to target resources towards an increase of anti-social behaviour in the city centre. Led by Derby City Council and Derbyshire Constabulary, it brings together a number of key agencies critical in helping to tackle the problem.
The Summit heard that in the twelve months to June 2018
- 58 individuals had been referred onto the PEEP scheme
- 28 of the individuals were removed from the list due to being no longer visible.
- 29 of the individuals who were rough sleeping were accommodated.
- 16 maintained stable accommodation
- 40 entered drug and alcohol treatment services
- 554 Dispersal orders were issued (September 17 – May 18)
- 170 arrests were made (Dec 17 – May 18)
- 28 individuals received custodial sentences with a combined total of 18 years 10 months
The Commissioner congratulated the PEEP team, saying: “By working together real, sustainable results have been achieved and some of the most vulnerable people in our city have been supported into a new lifestyle. There is more to do, but we should acknowledge the excellent work that has taken place to date.
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Posted on Thursday 21st June 2018