Crim­i­nals are warned

Po­lice to launch new blitz

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Robert Mitchell

Po­lice at La­nark­shire Di­vi­sion have launched a new op­er­a­tion to crack down on vi­o­lent crime, drug deal­ing, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and house­break­ings.

Of­fi­cers say these are all is­sues which have all been high­lighted as be­ing im­por­tant to lo­cal res­i­dents.

Op­er­a­tion For­ward be­gan last week and is a con­cen­trated ef­fort to tar­get those in­volved in vi­o­lent crime or other se­ri­ous crime which neg­a­tively im­pacts on the com­mu­ni­ties of La­nark­shire. Over an eight-week pe­riod, of­fi­cers from across a va­ri­ety of de­part­ments, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity polic­ing and crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, will work solely on the com­mu­nity con­cerns which have been raised dur­ing re­cent con­sul­ta­tions with the pub­lic.

The new lo­cal polic­ing com­man­der for La­nark­shire Di­vi­sion, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Alan Wad­dell, said: “In my short time as lo­cal polic­ing com­man­der at La­nark­shire, I can see what a vi­brant and di­verse area it is, and it is my ab­so­lute com­mit­ment to de­liver the best polic­ing I can to peo­ple who live, work or so­cialise in the area.

“The fo­cus of Op­er­a­tion For­ward is upon re­duc­ing harm and to do so, we will be ac­tively tar­get­ing those who com­mit vi­o­lence, deal drugs or break into peo­ple’s homes.

“Any­one in­volved in such ac­tiv­ity should ex­pect to see my of­fi­cers in the com­ing days and weeks.

“These types of crimes have a real im­pact on peo­ple and we are de­ter­mined to do all we can to re­duce the in­stances of this hap­pen­ing.

“We are proud to have strong re­la­tion­ships with a num­ber of part­ners across La­nark­shire, and we’ll be li­ais­ing with them through­out this op­er­a­tion. For ex­am­ple, we’ll have of­fi­cers work­ing with lo­cal author­ity col­leagues to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“We would be very keen to hear from any lo­cal res­i­dents who have any par­tic­u­lar con­cerns in their area to con­tact po­lice to highlight these. Work­ing to­gether with our com­mu­ni­ties is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for La­nark­shire Di­vi­sion.”

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