Operation Fortress to be rolled out across Hampshire after success in Southampton

Daily Echo: Police operation to roll out across Hampshire after success in Southampton Police operation to roll out across Hampshire after success in Southampton

THE CRACKDOWN on drug-related crime and violence in Southampton will be rolled out across the county following its success in the city.

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes has announced that the force will commit another £1.77m to Operation Fortress – meaning it will be extended Hampshire-wide.

Mr Hayes said that the project, which has seen more than 60 people convicted for drug-related offences, deserved the funding boost.

Launched in 2012 following an initial £2m investment, the two-year project has seen numerous large-scale coordinated raids staged around Southampton in a bid to disrupt the drug networks around Southampton, and in turn prevent violence associated with the dealing by organised gangs.

Backed by the Daily Echo, Operation Fortress also works to strengthen links within communities to make it easier for the public to report drug-related crimes and improve the coordination of services that help rehabilitate drug users.

It is this work that has now been secured for another year following the funding announcement by the PCC.

Mr Hayes paid tribute to the work of the Operation Fortress team led by Det Supt Kath Barnes.

He said: “Analysis and research conducted by the Operation Fortress team has demonstrated that a buoyant drugs market leads to a significant increase in violence.

“Much of this has predominantly been linked to crime gangs operating out of the capital. It is therefore essential that we continue this targeted intelligence led work to make the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight a hostile place for those who ply their trade in illegal and mind altering substances on our streets.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “Having the team in place for a further 12 months gives us flexibility to focus on embedding the successes of the campaign throughout the organisation while work is ongoing to restructure the force.”

Detective Superintendent Barnes added: “I’d like to extend my thanks to all those agencies and police colleagues who’ve worked with us over the last two years.”

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11:32am Fri 7 Feb 14

massimoosti says...

Not successful at all !!

Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.
Not successful at all !! Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing. massimoosti

12:23pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

massimoosti wrote:
Not successful at all !!

Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.
It's true, no major busts or convictions, just petty low level stuff and loads released with cautions
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Not successful at all !! Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.[/p][/quote]It's true, no major busts or convictions, just petty low level stuff and loads released with cautions bigfella777

1:55pm Fri 7 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

homes near me raided and the police called it a success, yet it is still going on so i call that a waste of public money if the drugs are still being sold at these houses and the sellers are still walking the streets with nothing more than an early morning wake up call
homes near me raided and the police called it a success, yet it is still going on so i call that a waste of public money if the drugs are still being sold at these houses and the sellers are still walking the streets with nothing more than an early morning wake up call mickey01

3:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

massimoosti says...

mickey01 wrote:
homes near me raided and the police called it a success, yet it is still going on so i call that a waste of public money if the drugs are still being sold at these houses and the sellers are still walking the streets with nothing more than an early morning wake up call
walking up the street ?........... one well known fella drives a Ferrari.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: homes near me raided and the police called it a success, yet it is still going on so i call that a waste of public money if the drugs are still being sold at these houses and the sellers are still walking the streets with nothing more than an early morning wake up call[/p][/quote]walking up the street ?........... one well known fella drives a Ferrari. massimoosti

5:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

massimoosti wrote:
Not successful at all !!

Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.
Ten downvotes. Can't be true, then, eh.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Not successful at all !! Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.[/p][/quote]Ten downvotes. Can't be true, then, eh. gilbertratchet

6:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

massimoosti says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
massimoosti wrote:
Not successful at all !!

Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.
Ten downvotes. Can't be true, then, eh.
Down votes from people on the DE site so obviously not.................
...confirms that boys in blue got in sewn up.

Taking out pawns only in a game isn't going to win it or make a difference.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Not successful at all !! Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.[/p][/quote]Ten downvotes. Can't be true, then, eh.[/p][/quote]Down votes from people on the DE site so obviously not................. ...confirms that boys in blue got in sewn up. Taking out pawns only in a game isn't going to win it or make a difference. massimoosti

9:30am Thu 20 Feb 14

Dr Martin says...

massimoosti wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
massimoosti wrote:
Not successful at all !!

Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.
Ten downvotes. Can't be true, then, eh.
Down votes from people on the DE site so obviously not.................

...confirms that boys in blue got in sewn up.

Taking out pawns only in a game isn't going to win it or make a difference.
take it you don't play chess then?
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Not successful at all !! Low level dealers picked up whilst the main coke and pill boys in the City still laughing.[/p][/quote]Ten downvotes. Can't be true, then, eh.[/p][/quote]Down votes from people on the DE site so obviously not................. ...confirms that boys in blue got in sewn up. Taking out pawns only in a game isn't going to win it or make a difference.[/p][/quote]take it you don't play chess then? Dr Martin

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