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All in a days work: A look at the role of the Rugby Offender Management Unit

Officers in the Warwickshire Police Offender Management Unit don't wait for offences to be committed before going out to catch criminals. They are proactive and use intelligence to identify and target prolific offenders.

One of their main areas of focus is tackling county lines drug dealing in Warwickshire.

As Detective Sergeant Heidi Twynham (pictured above) explains, this is day-to-day business for the offender management unit: "Thanks to intelligence and information provided by the public, we get a good idea whose bringing drugs into the county; we know the cars they use and houses they deal from.

"On a daily basis we are out on the streets being proactive in developing this intelligence and ensuring we have enough evidence to make arrests and bring offenders to justice.

"You may not always notice us, but we are out there in hot spot areas tackling serious and persistent offenders."

While their successes don't always make the headlines, the work they do on a daily basis helps to make the county a safer place by making it much more hostile for drug dealers.
 

In Rugby, between 6 June and 18 July, officers form the Rugby Offender Management Unit arrested 11 people for drug offences and seized thousands of pounds worth of drugs and cash.

6 June
After officers spotted suspicious activity they arrested a 26-year-old man in Edward Street. They seized £5000 in cash and counterfeit cash. The man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs and fraud.

10 June
Officers went to a property in Claremont Road where they found the suspect hiding on top of a shed. He fled the scene and was caught a short time later and officers seized cannabis. A 21-year-old man from Rugby was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A and class B drugs with intent to supply.

21 June
After officers spotted suspicious activity they arrested a 34-year-old man from Rugby on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. They seized a quantity of class A drugs. A search of a nearby property led to two more men being arrested on warrants.

26 June
Police seized cannabis after a warrant was used to stop a car on the Rugby relief road. Two 25-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

1 July
Drugs were seized and a 17-year-old boy and 47-year-old man were arrested in Alfred Green Close after their car was stopped by officers.

9 July
A 39-year-old man was arrested in Ashlawn Road on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. This was after officers spotted a suspected drug deal. A search of a property in Lever Road led to the seizure of class A drugs and cash, and discovered evidence of drug dealing.

11 July
An 18-year-old man and a 29-year-old man were arrested after cash and class A drugs were discovered at a property in Morris Close.

18 July
Two men, aged 20 and 23, from Birmingham were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs after their car was stopped in Rugby. Officers seized class A drugs, cash and phones.


All of the people arrested were either released on bail or released under investigation while enquiries continue.
 

Information from the public is vital to tackling county lines drug crime. If you have concerns around drug dealing please call police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

All information provided helps officers to build a better intelligence picture and bring those responsible for county lines drug crime to justice.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 30/07/19