Hull West Neighbourhood Policing Team continued the deployment of a new range of tactics last week with a high-visibility drugs dog operation in the city.
PC Phil Williamson led the activity: “As the Community Beat Manager for the Avenues ward, I am committed to addressing the issues the local community raises. I hope this sends a message to those involved in the supply and use of drugs that it won’t be tolerated and continues as a priority for the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.”
The operation on Tuesday 9 November once again saw PCs, PCSOs and Special Constables patrolling key routes through the city following a passive drugs dog, with further support from Hull City Council Anti-Social Behaviour team and ReNew. It is a high visibility way of identifying people who may be supplying or carrying drugs.
“We carried out 13 stop and searches and we made three seizures of drugs including an amount of amphetamines and cannabis. We also issued two cautions, seized a knife.”
In addition to identifying and searching individuals that officers believe to in possession of or supplying drugs, the operation also assists with intelligence gathering.
Key routes covered included Princes Avenue, Queens Road, Newland Avenue, Pearson Park and Beverley Road. Officers then moved to the Boothferry ward.
DC Edgar, Community Beat Manager for Boothferry ward, added: “We have used this tactic to try to tackle residents’ concerns in a different way.”
PC Williamson and DC Edgar agree that the public response has been positive: “We pride ourselves on being a community focused organisation and we have had some great feedback from the public.”
PC Williamson continued: “None of it would’ve been possible without the dedication of everyone involved so a big thank you to all those who participated in the week.
“There were some fantastic results. I am incredibly proud of the work that the team has done and I am confident that these results have already made our streets safer.”
“If you are concerned about drug related crime in your area, speak to your local team or call our non-emergency 101 line. If you’d rather not give your name, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.”
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