A community in Middlesbrough is the focus of police and partners’ attention for the next few days as a Week of Action began today (Monday 8th September).
Activity from drug warrants to intensive street cleaning is taking place all week, with input from a number of partners from Cleveland Fire Brigade to Community Enforcement Officers, Trading Standards to Probation and Environmental Health.
Police will be targeting outstanding offenders, raiding addresses where suspected drug dealing is taking place and carrying out reassurance patrols.
Officers will park up a command cabin as a single point of contact for residents who wish to raise any concerns or pass on information on criminal or anti-social behaviour in complete confidence.
Det Insp Kath Vickers, who coordinated the Week of Action, said: “Firstly I’d like to thank all our partner organisations who are taking part – the week has taken a great deal of planning and all their input is very much appreciated.
“The activity should reassure residents that we take their concerns extremely seriously and that we will do all we can to tackle issues which can spoil the quality of life for the majority of law abiding people.
“Finally, my message to those who persist in criminal or anti social behaviour in the Gresham Ward is that this will not be tolerated and they can expect to see this kind of intense activity repeated in the future.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “The Week of Action means residents will see an immediate improvement in their area thanks to the efforts of police and their partners.
“I hope that, for the longer term, this activity will give local people the confidence to speak to police – either to report concerns or to pass on information on crime or anti social behaviour so that we can continue the good work.”
Posted on Monday 8th September 2014