Two Derry charities have received a funding boost after a car seized during a drugs investigation was sold off by police.
HURT (Have Your Tomorrows) and North West Counselling, which is based at two sites at Greysteel and a new premises at St Columb’s Court, have each received cheques for £5,480.
The move comes following the resolution of a court case dating from the summer of 2012 and involving the supply of drugs.
A PSNI spokesman confirmed the grants were issued “as a result of a car seized during the investigation being disposed of by PSNI”.
Police in G District said they are continuing to roll out the ‘Reducing Offending through Partnership’ (ROU) initiative, which aims to promote a joint approach by all agencies in providing a gateway out of crime for priority offenders.
Two local PSNI officers are currently attached to the ‘Rehabilitate and Resettlement’ process.
Speaking about the initiative, a PSNI spokesman said: “Where offenders wish to partake in training, education and employment opportunities, or address substance misuse or dependence, then the officers will signpost them to local providers in the statutory and non-statutory sectors with the necessary skills, training and expertise.
“It is hoped that some of the money being handed over will be used to provide services for these offenders and reduce their level of reoffending which is having an adverse impact on the local community.