23 Nov Operation launched in #Clacton to tackle gang activity and drug supply
Specially trained officers will be patrolling Clacton this week as part of an ongoing police operation aimed at tackling gang activity and the supply of illegal drugs in the town.
Officers from our Operational Support Group are working alongside officers from Operation Raptor and local officers on high visibility and plain clothes patrols to detect, deter and disrupt offenders.
In support of the initiative, the force has deployed a wide range of tactics including specially trained officers skilled at spotting suspicious behaviour and sniffer dogs. Vehicle check points will be set up to target offenders intending to use the roads to carry out crime.
The locations, type of tactics and times of patrols will continually change to maximise effectiveness and avoid predictability for those intending to committing crime.
Inspector Tony Adams said: “Drug dealing and gang activity causes untold damage to communities and we are working alongside officers from Operation Raptor, local officers and our partners to proactively tackle this issue.
“By using a wide range of assets to disrupt, detect and deter criminal activity, we are sending a clear message that drug dealing in Clacton will not be tolerated. Offenders will be tracked down, caught and dealt with.
“Alongside our policing activity, we also rely on members of the community to be our eyes and ears. We need local people to come forward with information about who is dealing drugs or committing crime in their area.”
If you have information about suspected drug dealing in your area, you can report it to us via our do-it-online pages or on 101.
Anyone who would rather not speak to police can call independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not have to attend court.