Drug use is not a victimless crime. The reality is that drug-related harm has a devastating impact to victims, families and the wider community.
Our focus is on preventing the exploitation of vulnerable people and children by organised crime groups (OCGs), to disrupt county line activity and reduce drug related violence.
Working closely with support services and agencies is vital when tackling drug related harm.
Project ADDER is a government initiative to tackle drug related issues in Hastings, which stands for Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery.
It sees us working in partnership with East Sussex County Council and health services to target local gang leaders driving the drugs trade while better helping people to recover from addictions.
Our work includes:
Supporting council led campaign activity, raising awareness of Project ADDER and signs of exploitation plus signposting to support services through prevention messaging and operational activity such as days of action.
Developing a Sussex Police led campaign targeting young people in Hastings, raising awareness among 14-year olds and above of the personal implications and consequences of drug-related activity. The campaign will look to increase awareness of drug exploitation and educate on drug use.
Seeking support from secondary schools and colleges, as well as health agencies and youth community groups in Hastings to distribute and share campaign material and key messages.
Carrying out enhanced and targeted enforcement and diversionary activities throughout the year.
Creating a dedicated Project ADDER team, which comprises of two investigators, a financial intelligence officer and digital forensic examiner to identify how networks are operating and expanding.
Working with young people through engagement and education, raising awareness of exploitation, where they can find advice and support and how to report any concerns.