Humberside Police and NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working together to clear the city centre pubs and clubs of drugs, with two new NHS Hull CCG funded Passive Drug Dogs.
In an innovative use of NHS Hull CCG funding the Spaniel and a Labrador, named Bobby and Mia, will be used by specialist dog handlers across Hull to assist the police in the detection of illegal substances and education around the dangers of drugs.
The dogs completed a four week training exercise with their handlers at the police dog training complex in South Yorkshire earlier this year, and have already been supporting law enforcement in pubs and clubs in Hull as part of Operation Trafford. They have also been utilised in the support of Neighbourhood Policing Teams to tackle community concerns about drug use.
It is also intended that they will visit hospital sites, schools, colleges and community events for reassurance and to bring drug awareness to life for young people to deter them from becoming drug users in the future.
Emma Latimer, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Officer said:
“NHS Hull CCG’s vision is to Create a healthier Hull; and as part of the Hull 2020 Transformation Strategy we have recognised the need to work in close collaboration with our partners to achieve this. We are working with Humberside Police to deter people in Hull from using drugs and to work towards a drug free city.”
“The passive drug detection dogs provide an effective and memorable deterrent for young people around the dangers of drugs, and will help us to create a safer and healthier city.”
“Moving forward we are considering using the dogs in the Hull Royal Infirmary A&E department. This would be a positive use of the resources and could provide a valuable deterrent to antisocial behaviour across weekends and evenings.”
The dogs will also to support policing at football matches and during local Neighbourhood Policing initiatives to tackle the use and supply of drugs.
Sergeant Ian Foster from Humberside Police Dog Section adds:
“It is fantastic that NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group agreed to fund police dogs Bobby and Mia. They will undoubtedly play a vital role in the night time economy, were in the past we have had to ‘borrow’ dogs from other forces to visit licensed premises to check for drugs as part of Operation Trafford. Now we will be able to support these premises in tackling people taking drugs into pubs and clubs on a more frequent basis and support the maintaining the cities Purple Flag status.”
“The dogs’ nature makes them ideal for the education element of the passive project; they will support the delivery of messages about the effects and dangers of drugs. Hopefully this will deter young people from experimentation with social drugs which can escalate for harder drugs.”
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