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Protect - tackling serious and organised crime together

Today, West Mercia Police launch Protect - our new campaign to tackle serious and organised crime (SOC) and the harm it causes our communities.

Working together with our partner agencies, Protect will ensure we 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, be that relating to drugs, burglary, modern day slavery, economic crime or fraud.

Using new ways of working we will relentlessly pursue those involved to disrupt and dismantle their criminality, making sure they are not just put before the courts but also stripped of their ill-gotten gains.

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

Throughout the next four weeks, we will be highlighting a range of activity and operations taking place across both force areas.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans of West Mercia Police said: "Serious and organised crime has a real impact on our communities, and addressing this complex threat is an absolute priority for the force.

"We all have a role to play in reducing this impact and tackling those responsible."

Our broad-ranging campaign comprises four key areas of activity:

· Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC

· Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC

· Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC

· Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs

You can keep an eye on the progress of the campaign on our social media channels https://www.facebook.com/westmerciapolice/ and we will be using the #Protect on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/WMerciaPolice

 

Issued: 10am, Monday 10 September 2018, Corporate Communications

Published 10/09/18