Call to tackle drug problem.North East police chiefs were told they had to do more to tackle havoc caused in communities by drugs.
Senior members of the Northumbria Northumbria
Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Britain. Located between the River Humber and the Firth of Forth, it extended from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Its religious, artistic, and intellectual achievements in the 7th–8th centuries were epitomized by such centres as , Durham and Cleveland forces were in the audience when David Blunkett David Blunkett (born 6 June 1947) is a British Labour Party politician and has been Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside since 1987. Blind since birth and from a poor family, he rose to become Education Secretary from 1997 to 2001, and then Home Secretary from 2001 to addressed the Association of Chief Police Officers' annual conference in Birmingham.
The Home Secretary stressed the importance of effective leadership and police reform.
"Much has been achieved by the police and the Government to tackle the menace of drug abuse. However the law abiding citizen expects us to do more," said Mr Blunkett.
"Drugs tear families apart and create dysfunctional dys·func·tion also dis·func·tion
Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group.
dys·func communities undermining the culture of support and respect.
"We have provided the police with the tools they need to do the job by helping to tackle the `revolving door' between offending and prison with the Criminal Justice Interventions Programme.
"This programme targets offenders committing crimes to fund their drug habit and is being supportive by funding by pounds 447m over three years.
"We are investing significant amounts in the police service."