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Team Priorities

The SNT priorities are based on where the most threat, harm and risk lies within the community.

The priorities for 2019 are:

County lines class A drug supply: The network supply of drugs from Urban areas (cities outside West Mercia) into market towns using 'dedicated' mobile telephone lines or 'deal lines' utilising the exploitation of vulnerable adults and children to traffick drugs and money.

SNT serve an important purpose as we can work with residents to identify vulnerable locations where drug dealers may try to set up a criminal enterprise and when identified we will work towards removing them. Our PCSOs are instrumental in the intelligence gathering process.

Child sexual exploitation: Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of child abuse. It happens when a young person is encouraged, or forced, to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something. The reward might be presents, money, alcohol, or simply just the promise of love and affection.

The SNT will work with other agencies and departments within the Police that deal with child safeguarding. Our role ranges from educating school children around this area and also engaging with children at risk. This also serves a wider purpose around youth ASB as often children at risk of CSE are involved in youth ASB.

Domestic abuse: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

The SNT serve an important purpose in giving victims of domestic abuse additional support. It may include regular visits and offer advice around safety and getting them in contact with other agencies that can help victim's breakaway from the cycle of abuse.

Acquisitive crime: Acquisitive crime can vary from a low level theft shoplifting to a residential burglary. This is an area that traditionally is more noticeable to the community at large. The purpose of this being a priority is to address any chronic issues. The purpose of the SNT is not to investigate individual cases of acquisitive crime but rather address the wider issue. For example, if we have a prolific shoplifter the SNT may look to deal with them via a criminal behaviour order. Where there is a residential burglary of vehicle crime a PCSO may attend to give additional reassurance to victims.

All of these areas require partnership working as the Police cannot resolve these problems in isolation. Our partners will be from outside agencies (Social Services, Shropshire Council, Housing associations, and retail community) and within the Police (Integrated offender management team, CSE teams, domestic abuse teams). Where we identify a chronic issue we will consider whether a risk management plan or problem solving plan will need to be implemented. This will allow us to have a clear strategy in place to deal with any chronic issues that impact the local community.