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Policing County Lines: Impact of Covid-19

February 2021

Key Findings

As the UK continues to impose Covid-19 related restrictions, ongoing concerns include:


  1. Police forces should maintain neighbourhood policing approaches in high-risk communities, especially in light of increased cuckooing.
  2. All police forces should ensure accurate data is provided to regional level County Lines analysts, because consistent and concerted data collection is needed to better understand patterns of exploitation.
  3. Where possible, police should continue to develop strong relationships with partners to enhance intelligence gathering and share good practice.
  4. More intelligence should be collected on the middle-tier actors involved in County Lines.
  5. Paying close attention to platforms such as

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