Police teamed up with local housing charities, drugs support groups and other organisations to carry out a day of action aimed at addressing drug and alcohol issues in Bedford town centre and Midland Road.
The open event was held at The Hub – a newly opened café – in Commercial Road, Bedford, on Monday, July 28 and was organised by PC Karen Jarman who been responsible for targeting individuals who flout the no alcohol zone in Bedford Town Centre.
As well as enforcing the alcohol free zone, PC Jarman has been offering support to the homeless and drug users in an attempt to get them the help and assistance that they need.
The event on Monday was open to street drinkers, homeless people and drug users who frequent the town centre area and often come into contact with Bedfordshire Police.
Support was on hand from a range of organisations including Emmaus, NOAH, CRSP, Westminster Drugs Project, CAN, Prebend Day Centre, Salvation Army, YMCA The Fountain and the Polish British Integration Centre (PBIC).
The event was attended by Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins, The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Colin Osborne and Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson as well as a former CRSP service user who shared his personal story of how the organisation helped him after his release from prison. Chief Inspector Julian Frost of the Local Policing Team said: “This was a fantastic event where we were able to bring together a number of organisations who can offer support and advice to people who may not always know where to go for help.
“All of the organisations who attended have given extremely positive feedback and are very keen to run this type of event again.
“PC Jarman works tirelessly in the area and deserves a huge amount of credit for addressing the issues that are raised by local residents.”
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