A CRIME fighting tactic from the streets of New York is being drafted in to the terraces of former colliery communities.
A Durham Constabulary officer brought back the idea of “The Surge” when he came across its use while on holiday in the Big Apple.
The approach sees areas flooded with cops from all directions, who then stop and quiz anyone acting suspiciously, as well as offer reassurance to law-abiding people.
Now police in East Durham have taken a similar approach, with more than 60 officers of all ranks and job roles taking part in a day of action.
Areas of Peterlee, Shotton Colliery, Seaham, Murton and Haswell were all visited during the short burst of activity.
In addition to high visibility patrols, plain clothed officers and CID teams also took part in the hour-and-a-half operation.
And as well as looking out for criminals and suspicious activity, they knocked on doors and chatted to residents, offering advice and gathering intelligence, specifically aimed at organised crime.
As a result of the increased police presence, two men were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis after 50 plants were recovered from a house in Mansell Crescent, Peterlee.
Analysis is now being carried out on the suspected drugs and the men have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Information was also put through the doors of householders to pass on the message about what had happened in their community,
Inspector Dave Coxon, of Peterlee Police, said: “We targeted areas where we know we have got active criminals to let the neighbours know what was happening and knocked on doors and spoke to residents.
“The officers who went out explained how they can help and how we are working for them.
“The feedback was generally positive and people were surprised to see non-uniformed staff officers knocking on their door.
“It did provide reassurance and it was a chance for us to put across the range of officers we have, our policing family, to tackle the issues affecting our communities
“Further information has come in as a result of it which will be acted upon and we’re looking to do something like this again in the near future.”