By Geoff Berkeley Friday 06 September 2013 Updated: 10/09 00:54
POLICE in Redditch have stepped up their fight against drugs with the launch of a new strategy which aims to 'make life a misery' for dealers.
The three-year plan, which was announced on Tuesday (September 3), has been drawn up by West Mercia and Warwickshire Police in a bid to crackdown on illegal drugs.
Its focus will be on targeting those who cause the most harm through drugs while working with its partners to steer addicts towards treatment and youngsters away from taking them.
Det Supt Graeme Pallister, who is overseeing the strategy, said: "Compared to bigger cities our drugs problem may not look too bad. But having said that if you are burgled by a drug addict you have still been burgled.
"This whole strategy is aimed at turning the misery on its head and instead inflicting it on those who seek to make a criminal living out of the misery of others.
"To the drug dealers and pushers our message is simple - we will pursue you relentlessly, we aim to put you in jail and we will seize any property or other assets you have gained from your criminality."
He also insisted it would help reduce the rate of violent crime and lower the amount of people, who have tested positive for drugs, coming through its custody area.
A recent Home Office report showed that the use of illicit of drugs in England and Wales was at its lowest level since records began, while more than £10million worth of drug were seized across Warwickshire and West Mercia as part of a major crackdown between April 2011 and April 2013,
But Det Supt Pallister said: "While that is good news and suggests we are winning the battle against drug crime we are in no way complacent and recognise there is still a lot of work to be done.
"Like anything in policing it will be challenge but we would not have set down this strategy if we were not convinced that it would deliver what we want it to deliver."
Bill Longmore, West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: !I am pleased that this strategy is now in place and I hope that it will contribute to ensuring a safer West Mercia.
"I will continue to explore ways of working with various partners to encourage the delivery of effective and appropriate drugs education programmes as well as deliver drugs testing and intervention programmes."
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