Bluetooth used in battle against drugs

West Yorkshire Police is using mobile phone technology to target drug dealers on the streets of Bradford.

Dec 2, 2010
By Paul Jacques

West Yorkshire Police is using mobile phone technology to target drug dealers on the streets of Bradford.

Bluetooth messages are being sent to residents in Bradford calling for confidential information about drugs in their community.

They also warn anyone who deals in illegal substances that they will be caught and brought to justice.

The initiative was launched as part of the recent Tackling Drugs Week.

Inspector Darren Minton, of Bradford South neighbourhood policing team, is spearheading the initiative.

He explained: “The technology we use enables us to detect other devices operating within the area and send the message to people who are using mobile phones or laptop computers. The user will then receive notification on their screen that West Yorkshire Police is making contact.

“It is imperative that we hear from members of the local community about any drug-related activity. They can provide information completely confidentially through the Crimestoppers number which is contained within the Bluetooth messages.

“When we receive information from members of the public, it adds to our intelligence and often allows us to take immediate action.

“If we know all that is happening in a neighbourhood we can do something about it.

“Not only will the text messages call on information from the public, but they will also put pressure on any criminals operating in the area.

“Often, those involved in drugs are living beyond their means. The Bluetooth messages will also be asking residents: ‘Why Should They?’”

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