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Police Launch New Barnsley Community Group

Monday November 24 2014

South Yorkshire Police South Yorkshire Police

POLICE have launched a community group intended to improve the service available to the communities in Barnsley.

Chief Inspector Deb Mahmood, a senior officer in the town, brought together representatives from across Barnsley to create the group.

The members of the public that make it up will provide feedback and advice to officers, enabling the force to improve the service officers provide to the community.

CI Mahmood said: "The purpose of setting up this group was to ensure that we deliver a fair and equal service to all communities in Barnsley, listening to what the public tell us and acting on your feedback.

"We recognise that there are many diverse communities in Barnsley and we want to know what you think about your local policing service. We're keen to involve the public in our decision-making process, as ultimately they're the ones affected and impacted by any change."

Anyone wishing to get involved or wanting more information should contact CI Deb Mahmood on 101.

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Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Monday November 24 2014 at 18:29
It's not rocket science more visible police officers on the streets.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 11:12
Dr debate tbh I personally think they need more plain clothes officers around easy to blend in n easier to catch criminal some kids spraying paint at your local park see officers in uniforms they run hide n get away with the crime see two normal men walking down street they carry on thinkin there clever then when they get arrested they not left feelin too pleased with themselves

Reply Posted by Mr C on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 11:51
Less police attacking the innocent young people who are just out having a bit of a laugh and get these skum that thinks its ok to rob and burgle and damage peoples property or get the little skumbags that think they are untouchable and of course get the heroine of the streets that's poisoning our society and causing people to commit crimes to feed addiction's

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 19:59
The difference between a functional heroin addict and a problem drug user addicted to heroin is income. Feeding an addiction to heroin with such artificially inflated prices is an expensive habit. People on a low income or without an income face great difficulty and it is these people that resort to absolute poverty, prostitution and crime.

Those that resort to crime to feed addiction need to punished for the crime they resort to (mainly acquisitive - theft, burglary, fraud) and then helped with breaking free from their addiction, so they can be rehabilitated and become productive members of society. This can be done with the implementation of a rational drugs policy.

Those who do not resort to crime, but sell themselves or severely neglect their personal well being, also need help, although the financial benefits to society of helping these two groups of addicts with their addictions is not as great as helping the most problematic addicts

Replacement therapies on the NHS are very good value for money and are a part of a sensible drug strategy, they can stop people resorting to black market heroin, and over time, via structured reduction, people can conquer their addictions and become drug free.

However, addiction replacement/displacement, by exchanging one addiction for another, might not be the best way to get people off of drugs. Especially when some drugs used, can be more addictive than others and their supply is dependent upon global supply chains that can be affected by internal and external geo-political events and movements, much like the black market supply chains.

Heroin is legally produced under license in the UK with poppies grown in the UK. This is increasingly used to supply the NHS and is to ensure we have a stable supply of this vital medicinal drug, especially after we recently faced consistent shortages due to problems in the global supply chain, largely the knock on effects resulting from the 2001 crop in Afghanistan being practically non existent due to the highly successful ban on production brought in by the Taliban.
As as country we could be fully capable of supplying NHS and the few hundred thousand addicts in the UK with clean product of known purity heroin for medicinal analgesia and addiction maintenance purposes, instead of using replacement opioids such as methadone and other drugs. In some parts of the UK, heroin has been and is prescribed on the NHS and successfully used to maintain a person's addiction, allowing addicts to become fully functional members of society, partaking in all kinds of employment, running businesses, and so on, like any other law abiding citizen.

Scientific evidence and studies subject to peer review have shown this to be more successful at reducing harm and crime than other replacement therapies.

Knowing this, then it is apparent that problem drug use and the resulting crime can be stopped altogether, it would be wise for the NHS to supply clean heroin to registered addicts and additional services in order to maintain and conquer people's addictions. The black market could be wiped out, acquisitive crime resulting from the high cost of black market heroin and the addictive nature of this specific drug could also be wiped out.
With a regular and clean supply, the health of addicts could be improved massively (if taken responsibly - it would be no more dangerous than coffee), and they would be able to function and maintain employment - although with obvious restrictions for operating machinery and driving vehicles for the purposes of health and safety.

Without a black market functioning due to lack of customers, resulting from state control, the street availability of the drug would be reduced, and the amount of people trying, and developing addiction in the first place would rapidly decrease. Over a couple of generations, the fairly widespread use of heroin could be wiped out, and it would remain in use only by a small sub-section of society, determined to use for whatever reason.

There would even be possibility for the NHS/state to exploit addicts for financial gain, although this would be a dangerous route to go down and potentially open up the NHS to further profit making operations and an end to the health service being available to all free at point of use.
So if any profit were to be derived, then perhaps the supply should be administered by a separate state institution, or money raised through suggested donations.

With the current financial pressure on the government, the nationalisation of a market with the potential to yield profit/additional tax revenue of well over a billion pounds a year must be very tempting as a quick fix to balance the books so to speak or to fund additional spending upon favoured groups in society.

Especially when, if implemented properly, government spending in other areas could be massively reduced due to lower crime, better health, increased employment and so on, and the cost of living reduced for the general public via reduced crime, lower insurance premiums and so on.

There would also be economic benefit from the actual production of heroin in the UK, marginal land and currently uneconomical land could be used to grow poppies, which would otherwise be sat idle. With development of the industry, we could not only be self sufficient, but look towards exporting it for financial gain and in order to address the balance of payments crisis the UK has been in for the past few decades.

Problematic drug use, need not be the problem it is. It can be brought under control.
We shouldn't see it is a problem, but as of one of the greatest opportunities we have to improve our country, by fixing the problem instead of allowing it to continue by continuing the pointless war on drugs which has only led to increased drug use, poor health, poverty and crime.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 13:42
The Police Force should be disbanded as they are no longer fit for purpose. All they come up with is excuses for not doing what their very well payed to do. Sitting in the Police Station filling out forms and reading customer surveys does not prevent crime. Getting out there and patroling the streets is what we pay them for so if they dont want to do that sack the lot and start again by employing those who will.!!!!!

Reply Posted by Mr C on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 13:48
Paint the whole world with a rainbow

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 19:07
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. That's the real problem.

Reply Posted by Thomsons on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 20:55
Tobacco was supposed to be not harmfull in the 50s and late 60s how many have died or going to die because of it, alcohol all so legal how many life's has it left in tatters. Legalised addiction is not the answer with hard core drugs. Storing up trouble for the future is not the answer, international cooperation to remove the wealth of the drug barons from the banks that are holding there ill gotten gains would be a start.

Reply Posted by STEVEO #1 on Wednesday November 26 2014 at 00:21
Thomsons you are talking silly and red optimist is Dr debate with his other alias

Reply Posted by Ged on Wednesday November 26 2014 at 12:59
An IT community centre in Kendray closed this month. Apart from free IT & Computing courses for adults, it was also a safe, supervised and welcoming environment for kids after-school and in school holidays - priceless.

20k a year would have kept the place open. "Prevention is better than cure" some say, what cost if just one of these smashing kids goes off-the-rails?

Yes, there are other community centres around the borough, but are they full of kids having fun 5 days a week?

An asset lost.