Huge drug offensive across borough
20 September 2012
Bromley Police have launched a new offensive against drug-related crime, targeting cannabis farms, crack houses and suspected drug dealers across the borough, as part of the Metropolitan Police Service's 'Operation Hawk'.
Today's day of action involves over 90 of the borough's officers taking part in drug raids across the borough.
"You make the call, we'll make it stop."
The operation is being led by local Safer Neighbourhoods officers, supported by colleagues from units including, Trident, the specialist drugs command, the Territorial Support Group and special constables. It follows a renewed call to the public last week to encourage them to come forward with information about who may be selling or cultivating drugs in their area.
While activity to tackle drugs dealing has always been a high priority for Bromley Police with major operations carried out with partners against high-level dealers on a regular basis, Operation Hawk is being refocused to increase operational activity on drug dealing at the street level.
The Police are also responding to concerns from local communities, many of whom cite tackling 'drugs' as a priority for local Safer Neighbourhoods teams.
Chief Inspector Carron Schusler, operational lead for Operation Hawk in Bromley, said: "This operation is a renewed emphasis on local policing teams tackling street level drug dealing and associated crime, using local community intelligence and a wide range of tactics and assorted activities.
Drug dealing damages communities, generating crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. We are determined to tackle this issue head on by bringing together our resources to reclaim and help repair areas affected by drug dealing.
Community intelligence passed to us will be dealt with as quickly as possible and carefully assessed before any action taken. With your help we can make your local neighbourhood safer. You make the call, we'll make it stop."
Bromley Police have arrested 693 people for drug related offences in the last year.