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Drugs/substance misuse

Drugs and substance misuse is a very complex issue as the reason why an individual has taken this path can be down to multiple variants which could include social, environmental, financial, education, pleasure, vulnerability, mental health issues, along with many other factors.


  • Wednesday 31st October, 2018

    The Bournville and Oldmixon One team recognise that there is a significant drugs problem on the estates which we police. Due to the full range of lifestyle effects which feed into this, we will be taking into account all these things and ensure we work alongside our partner agencies to tackle it from all angles to help ensure a more significant impact on the situation.

    The team will look to:

    • Work with our partner agencies and make referrals to them when necessary
    • Patrol and increase visibility in hot spot areas
    • Make use of stop check powers
    • Gather intelligence
    • Make arrests
    • Disrupt activity
    • Educate youths early by working in schools and youth clubs etc.
    • Running team operation days to tackle known areas/offenders
    • Target known offenders
    • Use of plainclothes police officers

    Paul Hannaford spent five days working in North Somerset during October, visiting schools on the Bournville and Oldmixon estates including primary schools, schools from the wider Weston area and colleges in Weston and Bridgwater (in total 15 schools and colleges).


    Also, two community sessions and an Air Cadets session were held. John Penrose MP was also able to attend one of the sessions.


    In total, Paul presented to over 3,000 children, generating significant and very positive social media feedback from children, teachers and parents (over 10,000 social interactions) who all praised the “hard-hitting”, “impactful”, “thought-provoking”, “inspirational” and “honest” presentations.

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