9 February 2015
Crimestoppers, the Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the PSNI are today launching a renewed joint campaign to tackle drugs and drug dealing across the city.
The ‘Drug Dealers Don’t Care, Do You?’ campaign was first launched this time last year and will now debut on television tonight (Monday) in hard-hitting ads which will be aired after 9pm.
The campaign will be rolled out across Northern Ireland in individual council areas involving Crimestoppers, PCSPs, local communities and police.
Earlier today (Monday February 9th), the Charity, members of the PCSP, PSNI and partner agencies were at City Hall to highlight the campaign, and remind communities that they hold the key to taking drug dealers off the street.
The organisations emphasised their commitment to working together to tackle drug-related issues including raising awareness, enforcement and rehabilitation.
Crimestoppers Chair for Northern Ireland, Peter Stafford, said: “We saw some really impressive results from the campaign run last year and I am appealing to the public to continue providing us with the information that removes these drugs from our streets.
“Crimestoppers is an independent Charity that will never ask who you are. You remain completely anonymous, just tell us what you know.
“Help keep your streets clear of drugs, and show that unlike the dealers, you do care.”
Chairman of the Belfast PCSP, Cllr Colin Keenan, said: “The ultimate aim of this campaign is to get drugs off our streets, and to give people the confidence to report drug dealing in their community.
“When the campaign ran last year there was around a 70% increase in the reporting of drug-related activity. The police and other agencies are doing their utmost to tackle the scourge of drugs, but local knowledge is vital and we hope the presence of this campaign on TV, radio and billboards across the city will help generate more leads. ”
PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton added: “This campaign is a key element in our work to tackle street level drug dealing. Drugs are an issue across all communities and whilst we as police work hard to tackle drug dealing, both at the street level and at an organised crime level, we continue to need the support of local communities in doing this.
“The information passed to police through this campaign is essential in identifying and bringing to justice those who are causing harm and making a profit of our communities by drug dealing.”
Séamus Mullen, head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement in Belfast said: “It essential that the police, community, council and health agencies work together, and that as well as raising awareness of drug dealing and carrying out enforcement, we also make those misusing drugs aware of the risks and the support services that are available.
“Significant progress has been made, and a range of cross-cutting work has been done by the drugs and alcohol teams in these agencies over the past year and I want to congratulate all involved in this.”
If you have any information on those dealing drugs in your community then please contact Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.
To find out more about the campaign and view the ad visit Belfast City Council's website.