Protecting the Youth


Police Drugs Team Honoured By Community Group

A police team has been honoured by a Birmingham community group for its work in helping steer young people away from drugs.

The West Midlands Police Cannabis Disposal Team was presented with an award from Balsall Heath-based As Siraat to acknowledge the work of officers in educating youngsters about the perils of drugs.

The presentation was made during As Siraat’s annual ‘Salah and Drugs Awareness Programme’, a three-day spiritual and activity retreat which involved presentations, workshops and a range of team-bonding exercises  from archery and climbing to abseiling and football.

Nearly 40 youngsters aged 12 to 17 took part in the retreat. As part of the event, Mike Hall, manager of the Handsworth-based Cannabis Disposal Team, and his colleague Mohammed Azam gave presentations and were presented with an engraved glass award.

A spokesman for As Siraat, a Muslim educational and faith-based organisation, said, “In today’s society it’s very important that young people are familiar with the dangers of drugs and feel comfortable going through the correct channels if they have any drug-related issues.

“We believe that prevention is the best cure and we wanted to acknowledge the positive and significant contribution that the police team has made towards that.”

Accepting the award, Mike Hall said, “It’s an honour to be invited once, but to be invited twice is genuinely fantastic and it makes us feel very much appreciated, thank you very much.

“We’re delighted to continue working with As Siraat on this. The group we presented to last year were an inspiration to us and that continues to guide us to help protect young people from the dangers of drugs.”

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