In May 2012 Hampshire Constabulary launched Operation Fortress, a two-year campaign to target serious violent crime linked to drugs in Southampton.
It's one of the biggest, most significant stand alone projects ever to be launched by the force, with its own 31-strong dedicated investigation and enforcement team made up of officers and staff drawn from across the two counties.
Operation Fortress intends to make to the city a hostile place for anyone intent on coming here to deal drugs and harm others. Its aims are:
Between start of campaign and January 2013, officers from the Operation Fortress team made 217 arrests, charged 71 people and seized approximately £132,000 worth of drugs and approximately £98,000 in cash.
Key to the success of the campaign is the work we're doing with our partners across the city including Southampton City Council, Hampshire Probation Trust, and Southampton Voluntary Services as well as education and drug treatment professionals and the media.
If you're concerned about drugs where you live, you can speak to the Operation Fortress team in confidence by email email@example.com or call us on 101.