Police dog sniffs out drugs in town centres

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A specially-trained dog that can sniff out drugs has been used in town centres in north Derbyshire on an evening as part of a joint initiative between police and drug referral units.

Derbyshire officers were joined by drugs dog Duke and his handler from South Yorkshire Police for two nights of checks across the Bolsover and Amber Valley areas.

Duke was used to sniff out suspected drugs during patrols around pubs and clubs in the town centres.

During the checks, one man was arrested for drugs offences.

Seventeen people were given drug referrals and will be spoken to by specially trained drugs workers.

Insp Glyn Jones, from the operational support team, said: “These operations are part of ongoing partnership work between Derbyshire Constabulary and our local drugs referral unit.

“They are being carried out across north Derbyshire to reduce the risk and dangers of taking both illegal and unknown substances, some of which are marketed as legal highs.

“Specifically, the increased risk involved when these substances are taken with alcohol.”

Anyone with information about drug use in their neighbourhood is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.