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Stroud Police Launch Clampdown On Drugs
Stroud Police Seek To Recruit Public In New Push Against Drugs
Police have launched a new campaign to get more members of the public calling Crimestoppers with information about drug dealers in Stroud.
Officers want residents to pass on information using the anonymity offered by the free phone line (0800 555 111), so they can target those individuals responsible for dealing in the town more effectively.
Starting this month Police Community Support Officers will be encouraging local people to call Crimestoppers by posting anti-drugs advice leaflets to homes throughout Stroud.
The leaflets, entitled 'Drug Dealers Don't Care - Do You?', will be posted in those areas where police have previously received information from the public regarding drug dealing.
PC Tim Griffiths, who organised the new campaign, said police needed to hear from as many different people as possible.
"On average we need four to five 'pieces' of intelligence from the public to secure a warrant to search a suspect's address," he said.
"One piece of intelligence normally isn't enough, so the message to local residents is clear: don't rely on someone else ringing in with information, if you know something ring Crimestoppers yourself!
"Where we have received information from a member of the public regarding drugs we will be going into those communities, posting leaflets and asking residents if they, too, have information that could be of use to us.
"This approach should have the duel effect of reducing the amount of drug dealing taking place in the area while giving us names and addresses to target in the future."
PC Griffiths said the visits and leaflet drops would continue until local people got the message that police are serious about tackling the drugs problem in Stroud.
"We all have a duty to help in the fight against illegal drugs because of the harm they can do to our communities," he said.
"Homeowners often have their suspicions about who is dealing drugs in their local area - they may have noticed people calling at an address at all hours of the day and night, for example - and it is these people we want to hear from.
"It is no use knowing who is committing this kind of crime and not telling the police about it - that is not going to change the situation.
"In the past some people have argued against giving police information for fear of reprisals from dealers or because they 'don't want to get involved'.
"With Crimestoppers there is no excuse. Homeowners and local residents can call the phone line and leave information completely anonymously, without giving their name, address or any personal details.
"We need people to contact Crimestoppers with what they know, not only about drugs, but about people who are handling stolen property, as this is often a key part of the drugs trade."
: 19/01/2007 09:48:57
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