Work to help drug users in Brighton & Hove get treatment for their addiction is being stepped up, as a result of a £112,000 grant from the Home Office. Helping drug abusers to quit means they also quit stealing.
The money has been awarded to Brighton & Hove Police and the city’s Drug & Alcohol Action Team for an innovative pilot project to help more users get the care and support they need.
Operation Reduction will focus on getting immediate treatment for users while continuing to weed out and arrest dealers. Removing both the supply and demand will restore a sense of civilised order to the streets of Brighton and will reduce the need to shoplift.
The police have already had significant success in cracking down on dealers, and removing them from the streets, but while the demand for drugs is there other dealers will invariably move in to replace them.
Detective Chief Inspector Graham Bartlett, who is leading the operation, said, " We have shown how effective we are at dealing with the suppliers. However, as a result of this funding we are now able fight the war on drugs on two fronts. We will continue to be relentless in locking up those dealers who make a profit from the misery of others. We will now also be able to work with partners to reduce the demand for drugs and thereby tackle the crime and the misery drug addiction causes to the whole community."
City Council leader Ken Bodfish, who is also chair of the Community Safety Forum, said, “As a city we are serious about helping the victims of drugs, as well as cracking down on the supply of drugs, and Operation Reduction will help more users to get the treatment and assistance they need. This is an innovative approach which is all about tackling the underlying cause of the problem and reducing the demand for drugs.”
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