New anti drugs campaign launched in Derry

Attending the community launch of the Foyle Anti Drug-dealing Campaign were Helena Hasson Community Safety Manager, Inspector Jon Burrows, DPP Chair Councillor Thomas Conway, Crimestoppers Regional Manager Susan Brew, Declan McLaughlin Divert.
Attending the community launch of the Foyle Anti Drug-dealing Campaign were Helena Hasson Community Safety Manager, Inspector Jon Burrows, DPP Chair Councillor Thomas Conway, Crimestoppers Regional Manager Susan Brew, Declan McLaughlin Divert.

A new campaign has been launched in Derry to tackle drug dealing in the city.

Using the strapline ‘The dogs on the street know the dealers but they can’t report them…you can!’ the campaign is encouraging people to use the confidential charity Crimestoppers to pass on information about drug dealing.

SDLP councillor Thomas Conway, chair of the local District Policing Partnership says the three month campaign aims to “empower people to tackle the problem of drugs in their community.”

“From the outset we were keen to engage with the community directly, in order to deliver educational/awareness sessions about drugs and the impact they have.

“Any campaign addressing drug dealing needs to embrace both the issue of enforcement and that of education. To date we have had a very positive response from community representatives regarding this element of the anti-drug dealing campaign.”

The campaign, involving the community safety partnership, District Policing Partnership and the PSNI, has launched with funding from the Criminal Confiscation Receipts