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Issued: November 29, 2018
Epping Forest CSP chairman highlights close working with Essex Police over drugs raids

The work of Epping Forest Community Safety Partnership with Essex Police has been highlighted by Epping Forest Distruct Council cabinet member councillor Sam Kane live on Sky News.

Today's interview follows a major police drugs operation in the district which resulted in 24 people being arrested for drugs offences in a series of dawn raids which have been featured on Sky News today, and at the time on Everything Epping Forest.

​​Mr Kane, who chairs the  Community Safety Partnership, told ​Sky News how the council is working with Essex Police to fight drug crime in the community.

E​pping Forest CSP​ supported the police throughout the operation and contributed £5,000 to​wards​ the​ ​cost. ​

Council officers were also on standby with supplies of materials to board up properties o​n the day of the raids.

Crucial to th​e ​operation was ​Epping Forest District Council's ​Community Safety Hub ​at the Civic Offices in Epping where Essex ​P​olice officers​, ​funded by the ​district c​ouncil​,​ are working alongside council officers to help make ​the​ district​ ​a safer place to live and work.

​Epping Forest District Council is the first local council in Essex to fund police officers to work in this way.​

​Community Safety Manager Caroline Wiggins said: "This is a brilliant example of our council and Essex Police having their eyes and ears close to the ground.

"Our residents are calling for action against these drug gangs and are often concerned about what they think is lack of action. 

"It'’s not always easy for them to see what is going on, but this was the outcome of months of work between the council and police to arrests people alleged to be involved in drug supply.

"We are fighting crime, fear of crime and sending a clear message to drug gangs that they are not welcome in our district and we will fight them every step of the way."

 
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