Pubdate: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 Source: Hull Daily Mail (UK) Contact: 2011 Northcliffe Newspapers Group Ltd Website: http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1181 SNIFFER DOGS TO JOIN CHRISTMAS POLICE PATROLS IN HULL CITY CENTRE SNIFFER dogs will be used to catch revellers carrying drugs on Christmas nights out in Hull. It comes after officers revealed 53 per cent of people brought into police custody for carrying out violent crimes tested positive for cocaine or opiates this year. That figure has risen to 73 per cent this month after festivities got under way. Now Humberside Police has launched Operation Trafford to try to catch people with drugs before they become violent. For the next six months, the force will be carrying out random checks using specially trained dogs. Sergeant Ian Goode, of Hull's violent crime and public order team, said: "The object of the operation is to send out a message to people connected with the supply and use of controlled substances that they are not welcome in the city centre. "Secondly, we are working with partner agencies to educate and divert those people dealt with for drug use away from the harms caused by recreational use. "I hope the operation will lead to a safer, more enjoyable night out for the large number of people frequenting the city centre for a night out. "The operation should send out a message that drugs will not be tolerated in licensed premises and those who ignore this warning will be identified and dealt with appropriately." The operation got under way recently, with officers using their powers under Section 23 of the Misuse Of Drugs Act to search people. On one night, four people were arrested and bailed for offences related to the supply and possession of controlled drugs and two people were arrested and handed warnings in relation to the possession of cannabis. Sgt Ian Goode said: "The operation was a great success and the response from the public and licensed premises was extremely positive. "People want a safer and more enjoyable environment and this operation and others by police and our partners are making this happen." - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.