Rescue and Response pan London County Lines service
County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone “deal lines.” They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and sell the drugs then launder cash proceeds. The criminal groups behind this exploitation will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons to exert control over those they use to transport or sell drugs.
MOPAC recognised London’s leading role in tackling county lines exploitation and, through London Crime Prevention Co-Commissioning Funding, has funded the Rescue and Response Project pan London county lines service. This put in place a comprehensive programme of work to better understand, target and respond to county lines.
The project has received £3 million of funding to deliver for three years, from July 2018 to March 2021. In addition to providing support to young people exploited by county lines – delivered by St Giles Trust, Abianda and Safer London - each year the project will carry out a strategic assessment of county lines activity linked to London. MOPAC co-commissions the project alongside Brent, Lewisham, Islington and Tower Hamlets Councils.
The Rescue and Response Strategic Assessment 2019 is available.