New campaign to combat drug dealing in Cookstown

'Drug Dealers Don't Care, Do You?'
'Drug Dealers Don't Care, Do You?'

A campaign urging the community to help tackle the dealing of drugs on the streets has earned the support of the Cookstown Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).

The ‘Drug Dealers Don’t Care, Do You?’ campaign has been developed by the Belfast Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and Crimestoppers and will be on Adshels, buses, telephone kiosks across the Cookstown district as well as on radio and a viral video will be used online and on social media.

Drug seizures in Cookstown were the lowest in F-District in between April 2012 and February 2013, and there were almost a third fewer seizures in Cookstown than there were in Dungannon between April 2013 and February 2014.

The picture in this area is of a dropping number of seizures in the 2013-2014 period with 80 fewer than in the same period the year before. Arrests are also down on the year before for drug related offences.

In N. Ireland as a whole, there were more seizures and arrests for drugs when comparing April 2012-February 2013 with the same period a year later.

The ‘Drug Dealers Don’t Care, Do You?’ campaign aims to highlight the fact that often members of the community are the ones with the knowledge which could help tackle the increasing problem of both illegal drugs and ‘legal highs’ and hopes to encourage more people to report drug related activity in their area. It also looks at the devastating impact of drugs on communities and families.

Chair of Cookstown PCSP, Councillor Tony Quinn, said, “The Ultimate aim of the campaign is to get drugs of our streets and to highlight the impact that drugs have on our communities and families.

“We would encourage people to report any incidents of drug activity. This campaign is being delivered in partnership with Crimestoppers so that people can report anonymously and in complete confidence.”

Drugs are a much bigger problem in Dungannon than in Cookstown, according to statistics. Between April 1, 2012 and November 30 of this year, the PSNI said they have seized drugs worth over £700,000 in Dungannon & South Tyrone. But in the Cookstown area, the estimated street value of the drugs they have confiscated, barely makes up one seventh of that amount.

Reports can be made to PSNI on 0845 600 8000 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11.