Thursday, 19 June 2014 4:28pm
Drugs, particularly the prevalence of methamphetamine (commonly known as ‘ice’), in the community was a hot topic at a public meeting hosted by police in Millicent last night.
About 50 people attended the Police and Community Engagement forum at the Civic Centre, with the destructive effect ‘ice’ is having on users and its apparent linkage to an increase in serious criminal trespass offences in the area a key topic.
Drug driving was also a concern raised by the public with the senior police officers who were in attendance at the meeting.
The community were urged to pass on information in relation to all crime – and particularly drug offending – to police by way of Crime Stoppers (ph 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/).
Officers highlight the fact that all information received by Crime Stoppers is important as it may fit together with other information received to give a complete picture and provide grounds for police to take decisive action.
Officers in the Limestone Coast Local Service Area are actively drug testing drivers with more police officers becoming qualified to conduct the screening tests in the last year. About 17 per cent of drivers tested are returning positive results with a significant portion of those being for methamphetamine.
“Police were very pleased with the level of interest shown by residents of the Wattle Range Council area in attending the forum and in voicing their concerns,” Senior Sergeant Peter Brown, the officer in charge of Millicent Police Station, said.
“The public are urged to ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they have any information about drugs or other crime.
“I also suggest that members of our community be aware of signs that their family members or friends are using “ice” and that help is sought for them.”