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Former police officer working with charity to raise drug awareness
3:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A FORMER police officer is working with a charity to raise awareness over dangerous drugs.
David Betts, who served with Cheshire Police for 30 years, has taken up a new role with the Drug Watch Trust.
The 63-year-old said: “A lot of the time people hear about drugs but they don’t really understand what they can do the body, or the long term effects.
“It’s very important that people are aware of the dangers.”
David’s job is to now develop the Insight programme.
It is aimed at spreading awareness over the damage drugs can cause when taken socially and in the workplace, the risks of addiction and how to stay safe.
He wants to roll it out to schools, community groups and businesses.
“We want to identify they types of drugs that area around from legal highs to heavy substances,” said David.
“I’m trying to develop that Drug Watch work across the whole county.
“Insight is about teaching people what the dangers are, how to avoid them and how not to get involved in drugs.
“It is all about awareness.”
The Appleton resident previously managed crime reduction initiatives in Warrington for Cheshire Police when based at Arpley Street police station.
He has also worked on CID and as a patrol officer in the town.
David needs support to deliver the awareness programme and is in discussions with linked agencies, Warrington Borough Council and drug action teams.
“I’m asking other agencies and local authorities to get in touch so we can reach as many people as possible,” he said.
“I want to develop community links to deliver this programme so I’m asking anyone who can help to get in touch “The best part of my life was doing community safety work in Warrington.
“This new role is like coming home.”
To help with the Insight programme call David on 07544525992 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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