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West Mercia Police host conference on the disruption and dismantling of serious and organised crime groups.

West Mercia Police through the campaign Protect is tackling serious and organised crime (SOC) head on, and the harm it causes in our communities.

To better achieve this and to cause the most damage to organised crime groups, officers and staff across all police disciplines are holding a conference at West Mercia HQ today to share best practice and new tactics on disrupting, perusing, preventing and preparing for organised crime.

Detective Superintendent Mark Loader, Head of Intelligence and Specialist Operations said: "Our objective is to relentlessly disrupt and target the highest harm serious organised crime out there hurting our communities. Today's conference is part of our strategy to build a strong and resilient community which can engage early on to prevent people being pulled into serious and organised crime, and how we can work with partners to fully exploit all powers and levers available to us.

"Our message is clear; we will relentlessly pursue those involved in organised crime to disrupt and dismantle their criminality and work to prevent them drawing in vulnerable people in our cities, towns and villages."

West Mercia Police has established Local Policing Priority Teams (LPPTs) to target problems specific to a local community, be they relating to drugs, burglary, modern day slavery, economic crime or fraud.

You can keep an eye on the progress of the campaign on our social media channels and we will be using the #Protect on Twitter


Issued by: AG, Communications Officer 12pm, 8 November 2018

Published 08/11/18