Tackling street level drug dealing
Estimates show that between a third and a half of all acquisitive crime - that’s robbery, burglary and theft from vehicles, is committed by offenders to help fund their misuse of illegal substances.
This equates to up to over 17,000 street robberies, 31,500 residential burglaries, and 48,000 vehicle crimes every year in London.
Local communities are also concerned about how street dealing affects their areas, with many communities, through their representative Safer Neighbourhood ward panels, prioritising drugs as a key activity for local policing teams to pursue.
While activity to tackle drugs dealing has always been a high priority for us, with major operations carried out with partners against high-level dealers, Operation Hawk is being refocused to increase operational activity on drug dealing at the street level.
As information about local drug dealing comes in, local officers will seek to verify it, and take appropriate action as quickly as possible. This could include going to a court to apply for a search warrant, circulating a suspect as wanted, or increasing patrols in particular areas.
When action has been taken, local police will inform local communities know what is being done to help rid communities of drug dealers.