Partnership Work With Teachers to Spot the Signs of County Lines Crime
Over 100 teachers and other educational specialists have joined West Yorkshire Police in a series of webinars around serious and organised crime.
The sessions, held remotely, were delivered to educational specialists to help them to be able to spot the signs of so-called county lines crime.
County lines crime involves ‘hardened’ criminals transporting illegal drugs from location to location. They will often use young people as couriers.
By knowing how to spot potential signs teachers will be able to safeguard those at risk of falling victim to the criminal groups.
Force Drugs Co-ordinator Jess Clayton and Human Trafficking Training and Partnership Officer Amy Morris, working together as part of the Programme Precision response (in which the Force is working with key partners to bring those responsible for serious and organised crime to justice), have jointly delivered the inputs.
Jess said:“We have found the sessions to be really helpful in getting important messages across. Teachers can help to be our “eyes and ears” to spot the warning signs and help to safeguard potential victims.
“I’ve been delighted with the response we have had from the educational sector and we have reached over 130 teachers and staff from a mixture of educational establishments across West Yorkshire.
“They will now go and deliver similar sessions within their own schools to help further spread the important message.
“We have encouraged educational staff to keep the Force well informed of any concerns that they have and continue to encourage a joint approach between West Yorkshire Police, parents/carers, schools and our wider partners.”