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Police arrest 29 youths for drug-possession. In an action involving seven councils, Stavanger police arrested the youths yesterday. After having heard many rumours about the problem of drug-use in the Sola, it was the council themselves who asked police to act. “We wished to broaden our knowledge of what is really happening” Helen Færøy, the council’s coordinator for crime-prevention amongst young people tells the Foreigner.

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Police arrest 29 youths for drug-possession

Published on Friday, 6th March, 2009 at 14:24 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

In an action involving seven councils, Stavanger police arrested the youths yesterday.

Close-up of amphetamines (Illustration)
Close-up of amphetamines (Illustration)
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Rumours

After having heard many rumours about the problem of drug-use in the Sola, it was the council themselves who asked police to act.

“We wished to broaden our knowledge of what is really happening” Helen Færøy, the council’s coordinator for crime-prevention amongst young people tells the Foreigner.

“Both the figures as to numbers and age-groups and who they are, have been unclear until now”, she continues.

Unexpected

When she found out how many there were all-together, she admits to being surprised, but adds that

“there were fewer from Sola than I expected, but this is not just a problem for us. Other municipalities also have youths with a drug-problem.”

Rogaland police have confirmed that eight people that live in Sola have been arrested, with three being under 18. Yesterday, it was reported that half of the 29 came just from Sola.

“We don’t know where the media got their figures from, but they are incorrect”, says Christopher Tanberg.

The next step

“What has the council has decided to do, now that all have been released from police custody?”

“The juvenile protection authority has been alerted in connection with those who are under 18, and are in dialogue with the police as to what possibilities there are”, says Færøy.

“And what about other measures?”

“We shall be setting up a telephone help-line this weekend, that worried parents can ring anonymously should they so wish, to get advice. There will also be individual follow-ups. They can also contact the on-duty juvenile officer at Stavanger police-station, should they so wish. We are concerned that parents receive as correct information as possible.”

What to look for

She also has some advice for parents if they are worried that their child could be involved with drugs.

“Keep a very close eye on what your child does, get to know who their friends are, and look for any obvious signs in changes in their behaviour-patterns. Many parents manage this before they turn 13, but it’s not always so easy afterwards. Children must feel that they can have both a close and open dialogue at home.”

There are two officers in Sola police station who work purely with helping families in combating drug-abuse amongst children. This is meant to prevent new people being recruited into the drug-milieu.



Published on Friday, 6th March, 2009 at 14:24 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: drugs, children, amphetamines, arrested, police, sola.





  
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