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Suffolk Police to crackdown on drug gangs with new serious crime team




Suffolk Police have launched a new serious crime team to combat drug dealing and other serious crime
Suffolk Police have launched a new serious crime team to combat drug dealing and other serious crime

Suffolk Police are to crackdown on drug gangs with a new serious crime team.

The force's Serious Crime Disruption Team has been set up to tackle 'high treat, high harm issues' including drug dealing and organised burglary gangs.

The group will also support investigations into domestic abuse, child sexual abuse and serious sexual offences.

As part of the new team police will develop the relevant information and intelligence, conduct enforcement activity and then provide an officer who will build the case and see the investigation through to trial.

It has has been set up as part of the force's re-structuring plans, which were announced in July, and is to fill the gap which existed between CID teams across the constabulary and the region-wide capabilities of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit.

DCI Jeff Yaxley, who will oversee the group, said: "This new team is part of Suffolk Constabulary's commitment to maintain proactive policing. This will ensure we use appropriate policing tactics to target those individuals who cause the most harm to communities."

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I think drugs, and the violence linked to this despicable trade, are the biggest threats facing Suffolk at the moment so I'm pleased to see this new team in place.

"But I do believe that these drug-related issues cannot be dealt with by policing alone and I will continue to work with other public sector partners in the county as this needs a multi-agency approach."



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