POLICE chiefs have revealed that education will form a key component of its bid to keep drug dealers off the streets of Burton.
Staffordshire Police said that working with youngsters in schools across the town will form a ‘major part’ of dealing with the fallout of Operation Nemesis.
The force outlined its plans after 40 out of 41 people arrested as part of a series of dawn raids were sentenced to a total of nearly 90 years in prison for their roles in the town’s drug trade.
It was also revealed that substance misuse groups have also seen a big rise in the number of people seeking help with their drug problems after seeing the positive impact of the operation.
Officers, reformed drug addicts and parents of drugs users have also visited schools to drive home the dangers drug misuse can bring.
A spokesman for the force said: “Hopefully these exercises will show it is also about reassuring the community.
“With the schools project we have a concerned family member who tells the children about the effects of having a drug addict in the family.
“She says how she was shunned by long-term friends and became ostracised when her daughter started taking heroin.”
Staffordshire Police is also working in partnership with the Burton Addiction Centre, Addaction and the Community Substance Misuse Team in Burton.
The police partly attributed the success of the operation to the wealth of information which had been provided by members of the public since the start of the operation.
They urged people to continue reporting any suspicious activity they feel could be related to drugs by calling police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
The spokesman added: “The public have assisted greatly in achieving these figures, and I would encourage them to keep coming forward. We continue to fight against this evil crime.”