Tackling knife and drug crime and County Lines

Drug crime is a root cause of burglary and knife crime and I know from my experience how concerning it is to local people. Tackling it needs a proactive approach to enforcement alongside prevention and treatment action that we know works.

Avon and Somerset Police established Operation Remedy to focus on these issues alongside burglary and Sue Mountstevens, the current independent Police and Crime Commissioner, set up Violence Reduction Units across the area in 2019.

Though COVID-19 has had an impact and there remains more to do, the initial results have been impressive:

  • NHS admissions for under 25s with knife injuries down 25%
  • Serious violence down 11% and a 20% reduction in County Lines

Continuing investment in these successful teams will be one of my priorities

Click here to read more about our track record of reducing these crimes and my approach for the future.