A PROJECT to tackle organised crime will see emergency services work alongside local authorities and health professionals.

Project Alliance aims to disrupt and prevent a range of organised crime groups, involved in drugs, human trafficking, modern slavery, child sexual exploitation and firearms offences.

It brings together the police, city, district and county councils, fire service, community safety partnerships, health bodies, Revenue and Customs who will share more information, intelligence and expertise at regular meetings.

It also brings together the range of legal powers that specific organisations have, giving groups more options when it comes to tackling, preventing and reducing offending.

Det Insp Eamonn Clarke, of North Yorkshire Police said: “Like every county in the UK, organised crime groups do operate in North Yorkshire and partnership working is one of the best weapons we have in the fight against them

“Project Alliance allows us to do this more often, and jointly focuses on the most effective ways to make our communities safer.