TACKLING SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME IS POLICE PRIORITY

Disruption of serious organised crime groups by Police Scotland continues

By Democrat reporter

In the last three months, police officers seized in the region of £25 million worth of controlled drugs, including heroin, cannabis as well millions of pounds of laundered cash and arrested almost 80 people.

Police Scotland’s commitment to disrupting serious organised crime is outlined in our latest quarterly Performance Report which was published on FRiday by the Scottish Police Authority.

Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: “Tackling serious organised crime remains one of our key priorities. Our Performance Report describes how we are continuing to make progress and have an impact on those involved.

“By working with a wide range of partners, such as colleagues in the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce, we are absolutely committed to keeping our communities safe by disrupting the activities of these groups.

“This report also sets out our work as part of the Scottish Government’s Drug Death Taskforce to seek long-term, sustainable solutions to the complex issues behind substance misuse, which will not be tackled by enforcement action alone.”

Operation Shoreditch targeted an international crime group, based in the West of Scotland, alleged to have been involved in laundering millions of pounds of cash. Three and a half tonnes of drugs, believed to be cannabis, worth in the region of £20 million were also recovered. Eleven men have been arrested and charged in connection with these activities and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Over 20 people from across Glasgow and Lanarkshire were arrested and charged after heroin with a street value of almost £1.5 million was recovered as part of Operation Demolish.

In Glasgow Operation Track targeted organised criminals and resulted in 46 people being arrested. The officers also seized £280,000 of cash and drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis.

The latest Management Information, also published today, shows 43 Serious Crime Prevention Orders have been granted, 12 Serious Organised Crime Groups have been disrupted and in July, four individuals from Glasgow were sentenced to a total of 32 years in prison after being found guilty of being involved in serious organised crime.

The documents contain crime figures and detection rates, along with case studies and user satisfaction survey results, providing a great deal of information on the varied activities of policing.

They report that overall Groups 1 to 5 detection rates increased from 50.6% to 51.1% and confidence in policing had gone up 0.8% year on year, with 81.8% of those surveyed between April and September reporting very high or high confidence in policing.

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