Launch of Awareness Campaign to tackle Newry Drug Dealing

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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As part of its strategy to tackle drug dealing in the area Newry and Mourne Policing and Community Safety Partnership are launching a new awareness campaign to encourage members of the public to report suspected drug dealing in their areas.

PCSP Chair Cllr Andy Moffett stated, “People often comment that the dogs in the street know who is dealing in their streets and neighbourhoods but very often the information goes unreported.

“This campaign is to encourage all of us to take responsibility to report suspect behaviour via the anonymous charity Crimestoppers. “Crimestoppers guarantee anonymity when you report a crime, no-one will ever know you called.” PSNI Inspector Nigel Henry, stated, “From April to October this year there have been 199 drug seizures in Newry and Mourne resulting in 77 arrests. “This campaign will support the work of the PSNI in promoting a safe and anonymous mechanism for the public to take action against the damage drug dealing causes in our community.” Patricia Hamilton, Policing Committee Officer, also commented, “We are delighted to be launching this campaign in partnership with the Drugs and Alcohol team in the Southern Heath and Social Care Trust. “The information is available in a variety of formats from social media to posters, beer-mats, business cards etc and will be distributed widely through the District.”

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