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Keighley residents get right to reply on drugs policing

[Thursday 18 January 2007]

RESIDENTS in Keighley will have the opportunity to comment on the way police are tackling drugs and drug dealing as part of a survey to monitor the success of the Crackdown campaign.

Everyone has an opinion on drugs and this is your opportunity to tell us what you think

Detective Sergeant Mark Milner - West Yorkshire Police

The Bradford District Drugs Team had its most successful year ever in 2006 and now West Yorkshire Police want to know what local people think - five thousand surveys were sent at random to households across the area last week.

The Crackdown campaign was launched in 2002 to tackle the blight of drugs on Bradford and Keighley communities. Since its launch the drugs team have scored a string of arrests, convictions and drug seizures as well as recovering funds under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The Surveys will ask local people to give their views on everything from drug related crime, tackling the fear of crime, drug treatment schemes and the Dob in a Dealer campaign.

The team is hoping to gather information on how their work and that of partner agencies is impacting on local communities and how the Crackdown campaign is most effective in their neighbourhood.

It's hoped the results of the survey will help to improve and inform the team's work in 2007 and lead to even better results in future.

The Bradford District Drugs Co-ordinator, Detective Sergeant Mark Milner, believes the survey is a vital tool for the police to engage with public opinion about the work they're doing. He said: "I would encourage every householder who receives a copy of the survey to fill it in and send it back.

"We need the input of people who have first hand experience of drugs in their area as well as the thoughts and opinions of those who care about getting drugs off the streets and improving the standard of living for everyone in Bradford and Keighley. That encompasses everyone in society who wants to play a part in freeing us from the destruction of drugs.

"Everyone has an opinion on drugs and this is your opportunity to tell us what you think. If you've got ideas about how we could improve the work we do or have comments about work that you've seen us carry out, then let us know. You can make a difference to tackling drugs and fighting crime."

To Dob in a Dealer call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, anonymously. Calls are not taped or traced and police will not call you back.

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