Day of action disrupting criminal activity and protecting vulnerable people

Date published: 10 October 2018 08:34
Dated: 10 October 2018 09:30:37

Officers in Barnsley will today be working to disrupt the activities of organised crime groups and engage with the community as part of a dedicated operation.

Throughout the day and into the evening, officers will be working closely alongside partner agencies to address issues raised by members of the local community.

This work, undertaken as part of Operation Duxford, aims to identify and protect vulnerable people, tackle antisocial behaviour and also disrupt organised crime groups.

Chief Inspector Chris Foster, for Barnsley, leading the operation, said: “Officers have already been out conducting intelligence led warrants this morning and further activity is set to continue throughout the rest of the day and well into the evening.

“One of our aims is to disrupt the activities of organised crime groups, particularly in relation to the supply and distribution of drugs. This work will form part of the ongoing week of action across the force looking at the exploitation of vulnerable people, particularly children, in what’s known as county lines.

“Today is also about putting additional resources towards addressing issues raised by the local community, identifying any vulnerable people and directing them towards the necessary help and support services.

“We’ll also have specific operations running, including working with Trading Standards to look at issues relating to scrap metal and with the council in relation to counterfeit cigarettes.

Officers are briefed at Barnsley's last Op Duxford

Officers are briefed at Barnsley's last Op Duxford

“With Halloween and Bonfire Night approaching, we will also be offering crime prevention advice to residents and educating young people about the consequences of antisocial behaviour.

“The work undertaken today, as part of Operation Duxford, forms part of the wider work officers are carrying out every day and I’d encourage people living and working in Barnsley to come and speak to us today.

“If you see us out and about please do come and speak to us about what we’re doing and raise any concerns you may have.”

Follow #OpDuxford on social media throughout the day for updates on the operation and to see where your nearest crime prevention stall will be.

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