Keeping up with County Lines: understanding the impact on regional towns and the continuing evolution of the ‘business model’

24 September

Birmingham
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Start

September 24, 2019 - 9:30 am

End

September 24, 2019 - 3:45 pm

Address

Aston University, The Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET   View map



‘County Lines’ emerged swiftly as a model for marketing drugs to regional and coastal towns and small cities. It has transformed criminal activity and brought in its wake a trail of exploitation, youth violence and drug taking.

The term ‘County Lines’ has become shorthand for drug dealing networks run through mobile phones in regional cities and towns. This ‘business model’ is run by gangs from large cities which generally use young people not known to the police to traffick drugs to areas where there are lower risks of being caught and new markets to exploit.

While the concept of County Lines seems simple, the reality of its operation as a drug distribution model is much more complex. Lines between street gangs and criminal gangs have become blurred, drugs are aggressively marketed with ‘three for two offers’, and the earlier County Lines model continues to evolve.

The ability of a range of services to anticipate and meet the challenges of County Lines depends upon local intelligence gathering and sharing, as well as drawing upon national initiatives.

The learning day will be facilitated by Professor John Pitts, one of the UK’s most respected academics in the field of youth violence and crime.

It aims to offer a detailed analysis of the impact of County Lines on regional towns and their environs, as well as a detailed insight into how the County Lines business model operates in different areas, and its capacity for fast evolution. The implications of these findings for intelligence gathering and tackling crime and youth violence will be explored also.

With plenty of opportunity for questions and comments, the key areas of the day will include:

  • What happens when a County Lines operation arrives in a regional town – crime patterns, drug use, and youth behaviour (using a case study)
  • Targeting and empire building – why do big city gangs target certain towns? How do they interact with existing criminal organisations and street gangs? What marketing strategies to the gangs employ? What form does competition take?
  • The social functioning of gangs – race, family, status and the ‘London gangsta brand’
  • Evolution of the County Lines model
  • Criminal justice and multi-agency responses
  • Meeting the challenge of keeping up with future developments in the business activity of gangs

The learning day will be facilitated by Professor John Pitts, one of the UK’s most respected academics in the field of youth violence and crime.

It aims to offer a detailed analysis of the impact of County Lines on regional towns and their environs, as well as a detailed insight into how the County Lines business model operates in different areas, and its capacity for fast evolution. The implications of these findings for intelligence gathering and tackling crime and youth violence will be explored also.

With plenty of opportunity for questions and comments, the key areas of the day will include:

  • What happens when a County Lines operation arrives in a regional town – crime patterns, drug use, and youth behaviour (using a case study)
  • Targeting and empire building – why do big city gangs target certain towns? How do they interact with existing criminal organisations and street gangs? What marketing strategies to the gangs employ? What form does competition take?
  • The social functioning of gangs – race, family, status and the ‘London gangsta brand’
  • Evolution of the County Lines model
  • Criminal justice and multi-agency responses
  • Meeting the challenge of keeping up with future developments in the business activity of gangs

 

A three course buffet lunch will be included, along with all day refreshments.


Agenda (subject to change)

9.30 – 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.10

Welcome and introduction to the day

10.10 – 11.20

County Lines comes to town – a case study

11.20 – 11.45

Coffee break

11.45 – 12.45

The social functioning of gangs and their interaction with organised crime

12.45 – 1.35

Lunch

1.35 – 2.35

The continuing evolution of the County Lines business model

2.35 – 2.50

Quick break – collect tea and snacks

2.50 – 3.45

Criminal justice and other agencies

  • Key factors which should inform their responses
  • Examples of effective practice

3.45

Final questions and close of day

  • Children’s social workers
  • Schools
  • Services for children excluded from school
  • Pupil referral units
  • Missing children services
  • Looked after children’s services
  • Child sexual exploitation services
  • Children’s charities
  • Youth offending services
  • Police
  • Social housing
  • Services working with vulnerable adults

Delegate fee:

 £130 + VAT = £156

*Team of 3 (3rd person attends for half price) £325 + VAT = £390

*Team of 5 (5th person attends for free) £520 + VAT = £624

ring 0115 916 3104 for details.

 

Included in the delegate package:

  • Delegate pack
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments available throughout the day

 

Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 3 September 2019 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

*Team bookings are non-cancellable but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.

CANCELLATIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO conferences@ccclimited.org.uk AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY RETURN.

 

Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.

The training will take place in Birmingham City Centre:

Conference Aston Meeting Suites

Aston University,

The Aston Triangle,

Birmingham,

B4 7ET

Venue telephone – 0121 204 4300

New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are all within 20 minutes walk of the venue or a 5 minute taxi journey.

Car parking and direction information

Follow this link for a downloadable map, directions and car park information:  http://www.conferenceaston.co.uk/attending-an-event/how-do-i-get-to-you/

There are pay and display car parks on-site but spaces must be booked in advance – follow the link above to do this.

 Accommodation:

 There is a hotel on-site in the Aston Business School

Follow this link for costs, details of rooms and booking information:

http://www.conferenceaston.co.uk/book-hotel-room/