Our local policing team, working with their colleagues across Norfolk and nationwide, has focussed on tackling drug crime by breaking the county-line gangs trafficking drugs to our communities. We have seen several high-profile court cases and convictions as a result of this proactive policing.
However, this approach alone will not solve the overall problem of drug-related crime. Recognising this the Government is providing additional investment to fund drug and alcohol treatment programmes at a local level to support people to get back on their feet. Our council will receive a share of a £267 million fund to boost local drug and alcohol treatment.
Drug addiction drives about half of all crimes, so by investing in high quality and greater availability of treatment we can reduce crime rates and save lives.