One person was arrested for disorderly behaviour and another reported for drugs offences as local police carried out a drugs operation in Cookstown.
Police, supported by officers from the dogs section of the Ops Support Unit, patrolled the town on the night of Saturday, March 15th.
Assisted by an passive drugs dog, carried out a proactive operation in and around Cookstown, as part of a local committment to deter, detect and prevent anti-social behaviour linked to alcohol and drugs on nights out.
Speaking about the operation, Inspector Daniel Walsh said: “Cookstown is a town with a vibrant and lively night time economy and we want to do all we can to ensure that the young people who live and come into this town are kept safe.
“Policing the town doesn’t happen in isolation. We rely on the cooperation of licensees and their commitment to preventing any outbreaks of trouble in their establishments.
“We will continue to provide a visible presence throughout the town, particularly during night time economy hours, and will be there to provide reassurance to any one who wants to enjoy a safe and responsible night out.
“Police take the safety of young people seriously and work in partnership with licensees to ensure that drugs do not enter establishements.
“Throughout the entire operation at various locations in the Cookstown area, Police made one arrest for disorderly behaviour and one person was reportered in relation to drugs offences. We are planning similar operations in the future,” he said.
Paula Wilson, from Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown, said, “We are happy to work with the Police and any other agency tasked with ensuring the safety of any young person in Cookstown. We are pleased that the control measures and policies which we have put in place appear to be working. This gives us confidence going forward with what is undoubtedly one of society’s bigger problems.”
Vice chairman of the PCSP, Gary Harkness, added that he welcomed the initiaitive.