Police pledge to win the ‘war on drugs’

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DETERMINED police officers have declared that they are committed to winning the ‘war on drugs’ in Bulwell and the rest of Nottingham.

The stance came after the latest figures revealed that the number of drugs offences in the city had increased despite nearly all other areas of crime having fallen.

Officers are using tactics including Operation Vanguard, which has targeted Bulwell, in an effort to tackle dealers and users.

Said Supt Steven Cooper: “People may think the fewer recorded drug offences we have, the better.

“But drug offences are different to almost any other crime as there is rarely a ‘victim’ to report an offence.

“So when we see drug offences up, this shows officers are going out there and proactively finding the people who are producing, selling and using drugs.

“If drug offences were falling, all it would illustrate is that we are not going out there and tackling the issue head on.

“The war against drugs is long and difficult, but it’s a fight we are determined to win.”

Figures show drug offences across the city area are up by 14.7% year-on-year. Operation Vanguard is ongoing and was launched in 2008 to tackle drug dealing and organised crime and has involved high-profile raids in Bulwell.

Det Insp Leigh Sanders, who leads the team, said: “We remain committed to targeting those who make a very healthy living selling illegal substances.”

Anyone with information about drug offences is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 3009999 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.