County Lines & Gang Led Child Drug Trafficking Workshop

In American law enforcement, criminals often try and evade capture by crossing ‘county lines‘ and escaping the jurisdiction of the sheriff. The term has been borrowed by the UK city-based gang networks to refer to the extension of drug operations into smaller towns, rural and coastal areas.

County lines, which may also refer to the single phone connection between drug dealers and their mules, is a growing concern both for the communities living in the target destinations and the predominately young drugs carriers being put at risk and sucked into a whirlpool of crime and violence.

Image Copyright Daily Mail – Published: 22:25, 17 September 2018

Image Copyright Daily Mail – Published: 22:25, 17 September 2018

As well as reinforcing local drugs problems, county lines also leads to violence as city gangs clash with each other and with local drug dealers.

The Vicious Circle of County Lines Operations

County lines is deeply ingrained into the fabric of the street gang way of life. It begins with the grooming of ‘youngers’ (YGs) by ‘olders’ (OGs). These are usually young teens but could even be primary age children.  They are usually lured away from their families with promises of money, sex, expensive clothes and jewellery. They will often meet established gang members after school and during holidays or may play truant.

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Many youths from deprived area see drug dealing as the only way of making a life for themselves and escaping the neighbourhood.

Once they have committed themselves to the gang way of life, the youths may be taken away for a number of days or even weeks as they are prepared for going ‘OT’ (out there). They are taught how to store drugs on their bodies to avoid detection and supplied with a ‘burner,’ a disposable mobile phone for drug dealing.

Although cannabis and amphetamines are sometimes dealt, county lines usually focuses on the supply of Class A drugs such as crack and heroin. These are sometimes mixed together in ‘packs’, each with a street value of between £10 and £50.

After they return to their city gang masters, the YGs will usually receive a cut of the proceeds or other rewards. Should they fail to return with the Ps (money) they will be put into debt bondage and are likely to be beaten up or worse.

Once they have become established in the trade, the young drug dealers will groom their own crop of youngers and step back out of the firing line. With a constant supply of new faces coming into the target areas, it can be difficult for the local police forces to collect intelligence, especially where communication with metropolitan police forces is lacking.

Cuckooing: Exploiting the Vulnerable

In order to carry out their drug deals, young gang members need a place to operate from. After travelling OT by public transport, they will often exploit local drug addicts, referred to as ‘nitties,’ by supplying small amounts of drugs in return for accommodation.

Powerful Gang Workshop That Engaged Our Young People

2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery.

K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus

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2019-09-10T20:39:28+00:00

K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus

2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery.

The facilitator was extremely professional and informed

Dear 2020 Dreams, We wanted a general awareness for our pupils on the issues of crime, knifes and gangs and how to avoid it influences through drama based workshops. The facilitator was extremely professional, helpful and informed on the motivating influences for crime within the young people.

Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London

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2019-06-26T09:55:41+00:00

Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London

Dear 2020 Dreams, We wanted a general awareness for our pupils on the issues of crime, knifes and gangs and how to avoid it influences through drama based workshops. The facilitator was extremely professional, helpful and informed on the motivating influences for crime within the young people.

The Gang Prevention & SRE Was Beyond Amazing!

First & foremost I would like to say a big thank you for sorting us out. The workshop was beyond amazing yesterday, all the young people were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. They all felt like they have got something out of it which is the aim and the message we are trying to get across.

M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation

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2019-08-17T07:52:39+00:00

M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation

First & foremost I would like to say a big thank you for sorting us out. The workshop was beyond amazing yesterday, all the young people were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. They all felt like they have got something out of it which is the aim and the message we are trying to get across.

Gang Workshop Was Appropriately Shocking and Informative

The Gang culture workshop was appropriately shocking and informative and therefore hugely beneficial for the students. The charisma, emotion and personal touch of the facilitator running the workshops contributed immeasurably to the impact the workshops had. Above all, his humour and charisma left the students with a huge amount of personal growth.

A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London

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2019-08-20T19:16:35+00:00

A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London

The Gang culture workshop was appropriately shocking and informative and therefore hugely beneficial for the students. The charisma, emotion and personal touch of the facilitator running the workshops contributed immeasurably to the impact the workshops had. Above all, his humour and charisma left the students with a huge amount of personal growth.

Knife Crime Sessions Was Absolutely Brilliant!

The  4 x 1 hour Knife Crime sessions were absolutely brilliant. Our students (and staff!) were thoroughly engaged and all thought that this was something we needed to discuss, especially with the holidays on the horizon. The speaker that you sent us couldn’t have done a better job on the day.

K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.

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2019-08-21T18:11:36+00:00

K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.

The  4 x 1 hour Knife Crime sessions were absolutely brilliant. Our students (and staff!) were thoroughly engaged and all thought that this was something we needed to discuss, especially with the holidays on the horizon. The speaker that you sent us couldn’t have done a better job on the day.

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention and Drugs Awareness workshops that you delivered. The pupils were really engaged and enjoyed the sessions. It would be great to work with you all again, and will speak to the team about some plans going forward.

J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham

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2019-06-26T09:49:10+00:00

J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention and Drugs Awareness workshops that you delivered. The pupils were really engaged and enjoyed the sessions. It would be great to work with you all again, and will speak to the team about some plans going forward.

The Drugs Awareness Workshops Were Brilliant!

The Drugs Awareness workshops were brilliant, and so well received by the pupils and staff so thank you! We look forward in working with 2020 Dreams again in the future.

M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

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2019-08-18T14:42:48+00:00

M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

The Drugs Awareness workshops were brilliant, and so well received by the pupils and staff so thank you! We look forward in working with 2020 Dreams again in the future.

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop. The workshop was really good! The facilitator was excellent and very engaging. He managed to cover most of the subjects I required and the girls really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure my girls learned something new and will use the information in a positive way.

T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London

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2019-06-26T10:00:02+00:00

T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop. The workshop was really good! The facilitator was excellent and very engaging. He managed to cover most of the subjects I required and the girls really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure my girls learned something new and will use the information in a positive way.

Absolutely fantastic! Knife & Gang Prevention Training

I just wanted to thank you for the Knife and Gang Crime training. It was absolutely fantastic! So much so my team didn’t want him to leave! Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! We shall be contacting you in the future for further training!

S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton

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2019-08-17T07:39:32+00:00

S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton

I just wanted to thank you for the Knife and Gang Crime training. It was absolutely fantastic! So much so my team didn’t want him to leave! Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! We shall be contacting you in the future for further training!

Please can you express my thanks

Please can you express my thanks for the Gang Prevention and Knife crime sessions put on at South Devon College, the learners all took away something from it and gave them some food for thought. Thank you so much, Steve was a great presenter and they all thought he was great.

N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College

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2019-06-26T09:44:08+00:00

N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College

Please can you express my thanks for the Gang Prevention and Knife crime sessions put on at South Devon College, the learners all took away something from it and gave them some food for thought. Thank you so much, Steve was a great presenter and they all thought he was great.

The Sessions Went Well!

Thank you for providing the Confidence Building, Drugs Awareness and Gender Equality Workshops. All the workshops went well.

The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.

L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.

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2019-08-20T15:21:58+00:00

L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.

Thank you for providing the Confidence Building, Drugs Awareness and Gender Equality Workshops. All the workshops went well. The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.
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People with learning difficulties are also prime targets and may even be followed home and ‘cuckooed.’ Once inside, the young gang member might also set up a prostitution ring and exploit local girls and women.

What Happens in a 2020 Dreams County Lines Workshop?

2020 Dreams County Lines Workshops are designed to both raise awareness of the presence of this growing form of criminal activity and to help children and teens to build up resilience against the traffickers.

Our age-appropriate workshops introduce these sensitive themes using proven techniques of engagement. These include role-playing exercises and open forum debates.

Young people attending a workshop will also receive information about how to get help with escaping from gangs.

As experienced national workshop providers, you can be sure that all sessions will be fully risk-assessed and professionally run by our skilled and sensitive moderators.

Getting to Grips With Gangs Publication

Getting to Grips with Gangs – A Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, Young People and the Wider Community’ is a 2020 Rising publication focused on raising awareness about the gang culture in the UK. It looks at the risk factors that lead young people to become involved with gangs; the fashion, structure and behaviour of gangs and the various state and community initiatives that are attempting to tackle the problem.

With children as young as 13 being stabbed, dozens of young men and women losing their lives, violent turf wars springing up over social media insults and county lines drug trafficking spreading out into rural areas, the gang culture in the UK is of deep concern to anyone who cares about the future of our children and the health of our communities.

Publications

To support our work in raising awareness we have produced a number of books.

Topics include Knife Crime, Gang Prevention, Mental Health & more.

Our publications are suitable for both parents & teachers.

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Before we can tackle the gang problem effectively, we need to understand as much as we can about it. Where do gangs recruit their members? Why do some young people join gangs and others don’t? What do gangs do and how are they structured? What interventions have been shown to reduce gang activity?

The more we understand, the more effective we can be when designing programmes, forming community groups and talking to young people themselves.

Getting to Grips with Gangs,’ will equip readers with up to date information, research findings and the details of various anti-gang strategies.

All 2020 Rising publications are also designed to be hands-on and practical. Teachers and parents will find plenty of activities, discussion points and real life case studies (both uplifting and harrowing) to help them to engage with their students and children.

Topics include:

  • UK gang fashion
  • Working together to tackle gangs
  • The impact of poor mental health
  • Social interventions
  • Initiation and grooming by elders and peers
  • Drug trafficking and county lines operations
  • Defining a gang
  • The 3 R’s of gang life: reputation, respect and retaliation
  • The influence of social media, music and gaming
  • Joint Enterprise convictions
  • Getting out of gangs (for parents and young gang members)
  • Community mobilisation
  • Suppression tactics: do they work?
  • The postcode trap
  • Sexual exploitation in UK Gangs

This in-depth resource is a valuable addition to any gang awareness program you may be running in your school, youth institution or community group.

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