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Operation Scorpion

We’re joining South West regional colleagues in carrying out operations to disrupt drug supply and prevent drug crime within the region, alongside preventative, educational and engagement work in communities.

Operation Scorpion is a joined-up collaboration between the five police forces in the South West region (Avon and Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire), alongside their respective offices of Police and Crime Commissioners, the British Transport Police, South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) and the charity Crimestoppers to combine resources to tackle drug supply in the region and make the South West a hostile environment for drugs.


Work will include:

• Using information from communities to target and arrest drug offenders
• Seizing illegal drugs and drug-related weapons
• Working with partner agencies to support and help those vulnerable to exploitation
• Working with partner agencies to provide support to those who are involved in drug use
• Engaging with young people and communities to provide education around exploitation and drug harm
• Carrying out high visibility patrols to disrupt activity in areas of drug misuse
• Tackling drug waste and litter impacting local communities


  • Friday 8th July, 2022


    This week we have been out and about:

    • Talking to B&B/ Hotel owners about County Lines and CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation/ CCE (Child Criminal Exploitation).
    • Conducted hi-visibility patrols in targeted areas.
    • Engaged with local communities.
    • Made the MAVIS Bus available to young adults who were able to speak to members of our VRU (Violence Reduction Unit), SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) and YOT (Youth Offending Team).
    • Tested Licenced premises for dug use.
    • Worked with Truancy Officers at a local school to do welfare checks on persistent absent pupils.

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