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Police launch three months of intensive activity targeting the Force’s Matters of Priority areas

Chief Constable Nick Adderley launches the Force's new 12 week of action Matters of Priority campaign

Northamptonshire Police today begins 12 weeks of sustained police activity focused on the Matters of Priority areas identified by Chief Constable Nick Adderley.

Working with partners across the county, the public will see heightened law enforcement, even greater visibility and the execution of a large number of operational warrants targeting known offenders.

The Chief Constable announced in May the Matters of Priority which the Force would be focusing the most effort on for the next three years.

Starting today, there will be a week of activity around Drug Harm, followed by weeks directed at Violence Against Women and Girls, Serious Organised Crime and Serious Violence.

Each area will have a total of three weeks focused activity, targeting crime types including drugs offending, anti-social behaviour, modern slavery, domestic abuse, harassment and stalking and knife crime.

Led each week by a different Chief Inspector, the campaign will cut across all commands including response, neighbourhood policing and crime.

The public will see even greater visibility, proactive strikes on known offenders, community engagement designed to gain intelligence and build public confidence and the publication of successful arrests as well as convictions in the courts.

In addition, we will be publishing the names and faces of some of the most wanted outstanding criminals in the county.

Social media events will be staged to highlight areas of work and we will report back to the public on the results achieved.

Social media messaging will be pushed out throughout the campaign, using the #MattersofPriority hashtag as well as #PulseActivity.

Key targets include relentless disruption and dismantling of County Lines drug dealing, increasing arrest rates for domestic abuse perpetrators, taking lethal firearms off the streets, and further reducing the number of knife crime and robbery offences.

Mr Adderley said: “Criminals should be under no illusion that this will be a sustained campaign to target those who choose to cause misery in our communities by their offending, whether it be links to drugs, domestic abuse, serious organised crime or violent offending.

“I’m urging the public to get behind this period of intense pulse activity and support us wherever you can, whether it be sharing our messaging, helping us build intelligence or simply learning more about why these are the areas we must focus our greatest efforts.

“I remain determined to continue our relentless efforts to protect the vulnerable and ensure the overwhelmingly law-abiding residents of this county are kept safe. I urge you to get behind us.”

For further information about Matters of Priority, please visit https://www.northants.police.uk/police-forces/northamptonshire-police/areas/northamptonshire-force-content/about-us/about-us/policing-priorities/

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