NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE WORKING WITH UNIVERSITIES TO CRACK-DOWN ON DRUG-RELATED ISSUES
DEALERS ARE USING BUSINESS CARDS TO ADVERTISE DRUGS TO STUDENTS IN NOTTINGHAM
Police are working with both universities to crack down on the problem
Drug dealers are using business cards and other promotional materials to sell their wares to studentsin Nottingham, police have said.
Nottinghamshire Police said it is working alongside both University of Nottinghamand Nottingham Trent Universityto crack down on drug-related issues with students.
The force regularly takes drug detectors dogs to the city centre and campuses of both universities, and also claims to have disrupted some major players in the drug trade in the city.
Its Operation Flagstone saw 10 offenders jailed for a total of 70 years in 2018, and the force said it continues to take drug use and supply in and around universities very seriously.
A spokesman for the forcesaid: "We will respond to reports of drug possession and supply amongst students and continue to undertake complex investigations into drugs lines that operate and target students through the use of business cards and other promotional materials.
"As with any student city, we recognise that in Nottinghamshire we have a large population of young people, many of whom are just 18-years-old and away from home for the first time.
"Therefore we work collaboratively with the universities undertaking harm prevention work with the students to understand the risks and harm associated with drug use. When students are found with drugs they are dealt with appropriately, but also referred to Chill Out Sound Support which forms part of the Nottingham Recovery Network.
"We pro-actively police the vibrant night time economy in Nottingham with Operation Guardian and routinely use passive drugs detection dogs in both the city centre and campus premises.
"By maintaining close working relationships with the universities, concerns of drug related offending are quickly reported to the police.
"Our aim is to work in partnership to reduce the supply, demand and harm associated with drugs and support individuals to get access to treatment to break the cycle of drug use and build recovery.
"Nottinghamshire Police and the universities are represented on the local Drugs Monitoring Group, where intelligence is shared across the partnerships allowing us to understand the current trends of drug use, assess the risks and target our activities accordingly."
A spokeswoman for the University of Nottingham said: “Drugs are dangerous and cause harm. We investigate and penalise any drug-related incidents on campus, and take a robust approach to criminality in partnership with police.
"Our policy on drugs misuse is made clear to students and penalties include disciplinary action, exclusion and prosecution as necessary.”
A Nottingham Trent University spokeswoman said: "The health and wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance.
"Throughout students’ time here we offer a wide range of advice, guidance and support services in relation to the dangers of drugs and substance misuse.
"We work very closely with the police and other partners and have a zero tolerance policy in relation to drug use – possession or use of drugs will always result in formal disciplinary action."
[Jon Pritchard, Deputy Digital News Editor, Nottingham Post, Tuesday 5 March 2019]