A drug and alcohol rehabilitation treament service has received a visit from the new Police and Crime Commissioner.
Olly Martins visited the service in Bedford to learn about its work in reducing drug-related crime across the county.
Mr Martins, who was elected to the position last November, this week visited Westminster Drug Project, a drug and alcohol treatment charity. which works with drug-using offenders in Bedfordshire to help them break the cycle of drugs and crime.
PCC Olly Martins said: “WDP deliver recovery and rehabilitation services that are absolutely key to my aim of reducing crime in Bedfordshire by tackling the underlying causes of offending.
“I welcome WDP’s commitment to tackling the revolving door of the criminal justice system that all too often sees offenders just repeatedly processed through it rather than intervening to move them away from crime.
“It was also fascinating to hear from two former drug users who have successfully come through WDP’s programmes and are now training to be mentors to support other offenders through the same journey away from crime”.
WDP works closely with criminal justice agencies, health and social care providers and the local authority, and will be working alongside the new Commisiioner.
Yasmin Batliwala, chair of WDP, said: “We are delighted Olly Martins has visited our service in Bedfordshire to learn more about the work the WDP team is doing.”
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