Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson of Lancashire Police recently introduced Operation Nemesis.
The operation was set up to target criminal groups causing problems for Preston and Penwortham people.
A team of officers receive daily briefs about troublesome groups and respond specifically to community intelligence and information provided by other agencies including Preston City Council, South Ribble Council and local housing providers.
Mr Atkinson said the operation, that has been running for 8 weeks, has seen 77 people arrested in Preston and Penwortham for offences ranging from robbery and possession of firearms, to drug supply and low level public order.
He continued “The officers involved are on the front foot and are determined to dismantle groups and gangs who cause serious anti-social behaviour and violence. These teams are supported by officers who will be actively seeking to restrict offenders’ movements through the use of civil and criminal orders, such as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and more recent legislation designed to tackle and dismantle gangs.
“Over the past few weeks we’ve also seized various items including three firearms, two CS canisters, a quantity of shotgun cartridges and numerous offensive weapons including a Baton. We’ve also recovered more than £10,000 in cash, as well as large quantities of drugs.
“One of the main reasons for the early success of Operation Nemesis is the information we are receiving from you, the local residents, as well as other agencies. I really want to encourage you to continue to tell us what is happening in your neighbourhood, safe in the knowledge that we will do everything we can to sort your problems out.”
If you have information to share call 101 or ring us anonymously on via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.