Operation Disrupt launched to crackdown on crime across Staffordshire

Staffordshire Police is launching a major crackdown this summer to tackle the high threat and harm issues.

They're looking to target concerns affecting people living in the county, including serious and violent crime and drugs.

The constabulary says that Operation Disrupt will tackle crime and deter criminals by targeting prolific offenders who affect communities the most or cause harm to people. 

The initiative will see local officers, special constables and specialist staff drafted in from across the force to specifically target hotspot locations across the force’s ten neighbourhood policing areas of East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Stafford, Stoke South and Stoke North, Newcastle, Cannock, South Staffs, Lichfield and the Moorlands. 

Starting today (10 July), the operation will consist of highly visible hotspot policing, stop and search activity, the targeting of wanted offenders, including those using the roads network and a number of intelligence led arrests and search warrants. 

The intense activity aims to tackle serious crime and violence, drug activity and actively target those people who cause the most harm to people across the force area. 

The force’s new proactive policing team will be heavily involved throughout the initiative.

Launched last month, The Disruptions Team are deployed dynamically to where they are most needed to target individuals or places that are suffering crime. 

The team, who work alongside neighbourhood and force colleagues, has already made its presence felt with numerous arrests and warrants made for crime and county line drug running. 

During Operation Disrupt, Staffordshire Police’s new Roads Policing capability will also be working to target those criminals using our roads network to commit and facilitate crime.

The dedicated team will work alongside our colleagues from the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) and the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. 

Both the Disruptions Team and the Roads Policing Unit have been set up as a result of the decision by the Staffordshire Commissioner to secure the maximum increase in council tax funding to support the delivery of the force’s Policing Plan priorities, helping us to get even greater capacity to target and disrupt offenders. 

Superintendent Martin Brereton, the force’s head of neighbourhood policing, said: “Operation Disrupt will be an all-out forcewide crackdown on serious violence and crimes that most affect people across our area.

"People will see highly-visible targeted operations taking place in each neighbourhood, all designed to make the communities of Staffordshire safer and take criminals off the streets. 

"We are already doing a lot of work - some of which is not always visible to the public - to disrupt organised crime, but this initiative aims to show the people who live and work in Staffordshire what we are doing proactively to tackle the offences that cause the most concern." 

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis welcomed the police crackdown: "The public need to see hardcore policing. They need to see criminals can’t get away with it and operations like this help deter young people being lured into a world of crime, knives, gangs and violence. 

"Feeling safe as they go about their daily business is what people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are concerned about.

"This on-going action by Staffordshire Police to halt the scourge of violent crime and other crime is exactly what is needed. 

"The additional money I asked local people for in tax for policing is making a real difference in disrupting criminality and showing what police do best, which is taking criminals off the streets."

Detectives ask that anyone with information or wishes to speak to police about crime in their area can contact police via 101 or direct message them via social media channels or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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