Drugs: Organised Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 27th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any police forces plan to increase the number of juvenile covert human intelligence sources to deal with county lines drugs conspiracies.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The small number of juveniles authorised as CHIS are a vital investigative tool for relevant public authorities to fulfil their statutory obligations, providing unique access to information important in preventing and prosecuting criminality such as gang violence and terrorism. The statutory framework for the deployment of juveniles as covert human intelligence sources is designed to ensure that they are deployed with great care and only in very limited and carefully managed circumstances.

The Home Office does not collect information on covert human intelligence sources in county line crimes as this is an operational matter.

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