Illegal drugs, cash and a stolen motorcycle were seized at locations across the county as suspected criminals felt the full force of a new and dynamic policing operation.
As part of a wider surge in policing numbers, Operation Reacher has added new teams of seven police officers in all 12 neighbourhood areas.
The new officers are being used to react quickly to community concerns, increase the pressure on local criminal networks and build confidence in local communities.
During the second day of this open-ended operation officers executed a range of warrants and conducted a number or high-profile patrols in communities.
Class A drugs worth with an estimated value of at least £20,000 were also seized after a raid in Nottingham Road, Eastwood. A 28-year-old man was arrested within the address on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. He remains in police custody.
Heroin, cocaine, cannabis and a large quantity of cash were seized and a 28-year-old man was arrested after a raid at an address in Hazlebank Avenue, St Ann’s, at around 8.45am. The man remains in police custody.
Around 30 cannabis plants and a stolen motorcycle were also recovered from an address in Vine Terrace, Hucknall, shortly after 11.15am, and a further 12 cannabis plants were discovered during a raid in Chatsworth Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Two addresses in Old Basford and West Bridgford were also raided in response to community intelligence about drug dealing. Cash and drugs were seized from Radley Square in Old Basford, Nottingham. A second warrant was carried out in Rugby Road in West Bridgford.
Operation Reacher was first introduced in Bestwood in April 2018 and was successful in comprehensively dismantling organised crime groups that had been blighting the area. Some £1.8m of drugs being recovered and lengthy jail sentences were handed down to dozens of criminals in its first year alone.
The county-wide expansion of the scheme marks a significant investment in proactive policing by Nottinghamshire Police.
Inspector Marcus Oldroyd, who has been leading on the implementation of Operation Reacher, said: “This initiative adds an extra seven police officers to each of our neighbourhood teams – giving them additional resources to conduct pre-planned operations to keep our communities safe. Those operations will include drugs warrants, weapons sweeps, speeding and nuisance bike operations, as well as high visibility community patrols and engagement activities that put a face to policing and reassure the public.
“This engagement element is crucial as listening to community concerns, building trusting relationships and acting on information passed to us is what will help cement the Reacher policing model as an effective way to deliver a policing service .
“In just two days we have taken significant amounts of drugs and cash out of circulation and sent a clear warning to local criminals that we are now operating with increased capacity and have the ability to carry out multiple proactive raids every day of the week if we choose to do so.
“The really good news – and perhaps the really bad news for local criminals – is that this is open-ended and long-term policing model that residents will see the benefit of for a very long time to come. So, if you are concerned about criminality in your area please let us know by contacting us on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously. We have rarely been in a better position to respond to you concerns.”