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Introducing the new Local Policing Priority Team for South West Mercia

The new Local Policing Priority Team (LPPT) is being introduced tomorrow (Tuesday 2 October) covering Herefordshire, North Worcestershire and South Worcestershire.

The team will provide a visible policing response in order to increase public reassurance and tackle the issues that matter to our local communities, by focusing on the force's local policing priorities which include: Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Serious Organised Crime (SOC), Domestic Violence (DV), burglary and safer roads.

The South West Mercia LPPT is made up of 22 uniformed officers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire who will provide highly visible patrols, both on foot and in police vehicles in areas where crime has recently taken place or areas that may be vulnerable to travelling criminality. They will gather intelligence, target, disrupt and prevent crime.

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said: "It is anticipated the new LPPT across South West Mercia will enable us to manage demand more effectively, allowing us to proactively tackle high harm issues such as serious and organised crime including county lines drug dealing, violent crime, CSE and human trafficking.

He continued: "The new team will be a visible, uniformed presence on the streets of our communities throughout Herefordshire, North and South Worcestershire and will focus on our local policing priorities which include disrupting and preventing individuals' involvement in SOC, protecting the vulnerable and reducing the impact of SOC on the community as part of our new Protect campaign!"

If you would like to know more about the LPPT's role and the work they will be carrying out follow them on twitter @LPPTSWestMercia


Protect is a campaign being run by West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police alongside a range of partner agencies to tackle serious and organised crime (SOC).

The broad-ranging operation covers four key areas of activity:


Issued: 4.30pm, Monday 1 October, SM, Corporate Communications 

Published 01/10/18