New College Durham welcomed Durham Constabulary on campus recently as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to educate students about the dangers of drug involvement. The visit saw police officers and sniffer dogs present on campus for a day dedicated to raising awareness and promoting prevention.
The joint initiative, aimed at fostering a safe and drug-free environment within the college community, is part of both institutions’ commitment to student welfare. By engaging students directly and providing them with essential information, resources and support, the partnership seeks to empower young individuals to make informed choices and steer clear of the risks associated with substance abuse.
The joint initiative enables students to have the opportunity to interact with police officers and their canine companions, gaining valuable insights into the methods employed in drug detection and law enforcement. Additionally, educational sessions have been held to discuss the various forms of substance misuse, its impact on individuals and communities and avenues for seeking help and support.
Andy Broadbent, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of New College Durham, commented: “We are delighted to collaborate with Durham Constabulary once again in our ongoing efforts to educate and protect our students. By working together, we can effectively address the issue of drug involvement among young people and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to make positive choices for their futures.”
The successful operation underscores the effectiveness of partnerships between educational institutions and law enforcement agencies in tackling complex social issues such as drug abuse. New College Durham and Durham Constabulary remain committed to continued collaboration in promoting a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.