DROMORE'S Neighbourhood Policing Team has beefed up its drugs awareness by successfully completing a course with local drug and alcohol project REACT Ltd.
Local officers examined the factors influencing young people's attitudes towards drugs, the harmful effects of drugs on a community and appropriate responses to drug misuse.
The Northern Council for Further Education Level One Certificate in Drug Awareness is open to any community or statutory group keen to strengthen its knowledge on drug and alcohol misuse issues.
Dromore police sergeant, Paul Ferguson, said the course had given officers a better grasp of the issues young people face.
"This training has provided the Neighbourhood Policing Teams with a more extensive knowledge of the social effects of drugs and alcohol misuse," he said, "therefore enabling us to have a better understanding of the issues which affect young people."
The course was funded by the Public Health Agency/Southern Drugs and Alcohol Co-ordination Team, through the Southern Health and Social Care Trust as part of PHA/SDACT's workforce development programme.
PHA/SDACT Drugs and Alcohol Co-ordinator, Leo Foy, said drug and alcohol misuse was an important public health issue which could cause a great deal of concern.
"The Public Health Agency and SDACT are delighted," he said, "to fund this much-needed course which aims to enhance participants' knowledge of alcohol and drugs and provide learning on how to address alcohol and drug related issues for individuals, families and/or communities."
Community Drug and Alcohol Support Worker for the Banbridge and Dromore area, Deborah McCague, added, "It is important that we support our local communities by raising awareness of key drug and alcohol issues whilst empowering them to address these."
REACT Ltd offers a wide range of services across the Banbridge District, including drug and alcohol counselling, mentoring and befriending and educational, one-to-one support for individuals directly or indirectly affected by drug or alcohol issues.
For further information about REACT Ltd Services contact Deborah McCague, Community Drugs and Alcohol Support Worker, REACT Ltd, 30a Ardery's Lane, Newry Road, Banbridge, BT32 3RF, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: (028) 406 28829.