TODAY, a number of warrants have been carried out across Chorley as part of Operation Hawk - an intelligence-led operation targeting Organised Crime Groups who are operating in the area.
The team, made up of neighbourhood officers, response patrols and the Intelligence Unit, was first set up in November last year in response to concerns being raised by the community about drug dealing and the associated violence and anti – social behaviour that often goes with it.
Since November (and including today’s activity) officers have conducted over 50 stop checks, executed 15 drugs warrants and made over 50 arrests. They have seized six cars, recovered large amounts of cocaine and heroin along with several thousand pounds in cash.
Chief Inspector Mike Adamson said, “When we began the Operation back in December, it had a major impact on drug dealing activity in Chorley with local feedback identifying dealers who were actually refusing to supply to users due to the police presence in the area.
“The fact that our activity was having an effect and a disruptive impact in the area was really encouraging and so we made a decision to keep the team running into 2017. We also wanted to build upon our relationships with local people who are a vital source of intelligence and have played a critical part in making this operation successful.
“It’s really important to us that people understand that we have zero tolerance when it comes to drug dealing and the associated crime and violence that often goes along with it and will continue to act on information provided to us to put a stop to it.”
The work of the Op Hawk team is also closely supported by the Early Action teams and several partner agencies. Along with enforcement, we are clear that we have a responsibility to ensure that those who are involved in, or are on the periphery of this activity, are supported by the relevant agencies – we need to try to change the culture for young people who are involved in crime or know about those who are.
Chief Inspector Adamson continued; “We hope that by carrying out these warrants and making arrests, not only will we be able to disrupt and deal with those involved, but that it will help to warn and educate young people about the consequences of going down the same path and use it as an opportunity to let them know that there is help available should they need it.”
If you have any information about drug dealing in your area, please contact police on 101 or online https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk or report anonymously via the Independent Charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.