Tackling county lines remains a strategic policing priority
Tackling County Lines drug dealing remains a strategic priority for policing across England and Wales.
The latest County Lines Intensification Week, coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC)-led National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC), saw over 1,600 arrests, over 100kg of cannabis seized, alongside 40kg of Class A drugs worth over £1.2 million, 33 firearms, 377 bladed weapons, and over £1.2m in cash, as forces made large gains against these gangs and the products that finance their exploitative criminality.
This relentless and robust action to bring down county lines gangs is part of policing’s strategic objective in breaking the model used by the organised criminals and protecting vulnerable people who are being exploited by them.
Commander Paul Brogden, NPCC lead for County Lines, said: “We have made significant inroads to tackle those organised criminals behind county lines across England and Wales. Policing has established successful joint working practices, coordinated through the National County Lines Coordination Centre, which has enabled best practice, experience and knowledge to be shared across the country which has led to significant arrests and shutting down of lines used by criminals.
“However, we cannot arrest our way out of the threat posed by county lines, and we must ensure we continue to take a much wider approach in order to see long term impact. The County Lines Strategic Assessment provides the base of where we are currently and where we need to go.
“County Lines drug dealing destroys lives, and we are committed to stopping the supply of illegal drugs, and the exploitation and violence that is frequently associated with it.
“Our message is clear to anyone running county lines across the country; we will be relentless in our pursuit of you, we will shut down your county lines, we will take drugs off our streets and we will rescue those who are being exploited by you.”
The County Lines Strategic Assessment for November 2020 to October 2022 can be accessed below.