Police ‘map’ drug hotspots

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DERBYSHIRE Constabulary has pledged to keep communities better informed about the work officers are doing to tackle drugs in the county.

A new section of the force website was launched on Tuesday so that residents can find out what’s happening in their neighbourhood. The force will now publish details of drugs cases including warrants, stop searches and drugs dog operations.

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Steve Cotterill said: “Drugs can have a serious impact on any community, and we’re committed to tackling the problem.

“I hope people use the new section of the website to find out more about the action we’re taking and in turn, feel confident in coming forward with information.”

Between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012, there were 2,768 drugs offences in the county compared to 2,615 for the same period the previous year.

Mr Cotterill said: “This rise of six per cent can be attributed to greater information coming from communities and the good work of officers.

“We rely on people to come forward and tell us if they suspect there is drug dealing in their neighbourhood. This allows us to gather intelligence and take action.”

lAnyone with information about drugs should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.