New Blackpool Police 'Task Force' begin work

A new, dedicated task force of police officers is now in operation in Blackpool.

It's made up of a team of five officers to specifically tackle drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and burglary. 

They will also focus on disrupting organised crime group activity and targeting outstanding offenders.

A similar team for the Fylde and Wyre is due to follow shortly.

A new, dedicated task force of police officers is now in operation in Blackpool, tackling the issues that matter most to residents.

 Ch Supt Sam Mackenzie of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “The introduction of these officers is great news and puts extra officers into our communities. The roll-out of the neighbourhood policing task force will help us to continue tackling key crime hotspots and allow us to be more proactive in preventing the crimes that concern us all the most.

“I expect their impact to be significant in every corner of the county. I believe these officers will make a real difference in our community and look forward to seeing the effects they have.”

Supt Damian Kitchen, who oversees policing in Blackpool, added: “This is a welcome addition to policing in Blackpool. I hope it will provide reassurance to our local communities and businesses in the town that we are determined to tackle the issues which matter most and have the greatest impact on them.

“These officers will focus on reducing and preventing crime, helping to keep people who live in and visit the town feeling safe. They are all local officers with an abundance of experience and knowledge around policing Blackpool. I particularly want them to find long-term solutions to anti-social behaviour, exploitation of vulnerable people and drug dealing.”

There are similar teams of four or five officers spread across nine areas in the county. The Lancaster and Morecambe team launched at the beginning of November.
Specialist target teams are also being strengthened to tackle cross-border crime and criminality, focusing on burglary and robbery and there has been an uplift in detectives following public feedback to prioritise investigations around major crimes, child exploitation and domestic abuse.

 A new drone team is also operational across the force, with two drones paid for by the proceeds of crime, and a team of four officers. This new technology has been invaluable supporting policing operations including events, missing people and warrants.

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