Operation Remedy involves an increase of 100 police officers and a £2million investment from local taxpayers through the PCC Sue Mountstevens, to crack down on the crimes that matter most to local people.
Aiming to improve performance, satisfaction and public confidence, it sees dedicated officers working alongside local neighbourhood policing teams to tackle knife crime, the supply of illegal drugs and burglary.
Multiple warrants have been executed across the force area during the past few days which have seen a number of people detained and some subsequently charged.
“As Operation Remedy launches, our fight against knife crime, drugs and burglary intensifies.
“Local people want to be assured that the police are doing everything they can to tackle these issues. The police will be sending a clear message to criminals that coming into our area to commit their crime is not an option.”PCC Sue Mountstevens
In addition to the warrants, officers have also carried out high visibility and plain clothes patrols in known hot spot areas relating to knife possession, drugs and county line activity. Locations include Bristol – specifically the Castle Park and the Bear Pit areas along with Frome and Weston-Super-Mare.
As well as enforcement, Operation Remedy will focus on prevention and collaboration with partners to deliver a lasting impact. The initiative will include enhanced communication, education, early intervention and harm-reduction opportunities and pathways.