Police in the Scottish Borders are teaching children about drug crime as part of a campaign tackling the problem.
Raids targeting drug dealers have been taking place across the Borders since July, as part of Operation Goal.
54 people have been charged during this time, and seven are in jail. Now, children will be taught about the affects that taking drugs have on people's lives.
Detective Inspector Amanda McGrath spoke to ITV Border's Jenny Longden about Operation Goal and what it hopes to achieve.
A campaign to tackle drug related crime in the Scottish Borders is entering a new phase.
Operation Goal was initially set up in July to remove people involved in street-level drug dealing from the Borders.
Following raids, 54 people from the region were charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
The main focus is now on diversion and intervention. NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council and Lothian and Borders Police joined forces and officers will visit schools in the county over the coming academic year.
They aim to make sure youths are aware of the dangers of drug and substance misuse.
To help demonstrate the consequences of becoming involved in drug crime, children will be shown presentations by the difference agencies involved in Operation Goal.
They'll be encouraged to ask questions and voice their concerns over drug related matters.
Five drivers in the Scottish Borders have been arrested and charged in the last week with alleged drink-driving offences.
In two of the cases the drivers' cars were also seized.
Three males in their 50's and one in his 20s were found to be over the legal limit when stopped by police, and a 29 year old woman.
A Police spokesperson said:
Police in the Scottish Borders are holding workshops and session with young people, to get their views on how they should interact with one another.
Five 'Your Future, your Police' sessions are being held across the Lothian and Border region.
Youngsters from the Scottish Borders have heard from the police and tourettes sufferer John Davidson about engagement and communication between police and young people.
Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen, said:_
_"The best thing about this type of event is that it allows us to engage with our young people in a positive environment, and gives us the opportunity to listen to what they have to say.
_"We will record their views and opinions of policing in the Lothian and Borders area and use them in shaping the future as we move forward to the Police Service of Scotland." _
Lothian and Borders Police are holding a series of engagement events to find out what teenagers want from the police. Around 100 teenagers are taking part in the five regional 'Your Future, Your Police' sessions.
Using workshops and discussion groups, the 15-17 year olds will be given the chance to give their views on how they think the police should interact with teenagers, and what relevance the new Police Service of Scotland will have to them. Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen, said:
John Davidson, subject of the 1989 QED documentary 'John's Not Mad,' is guest speaker at each event, talking about how having severe Tourettes syndrome led to misunderstandings with the police in his teens, and how this was remedied through open and ongoing communication.
The sessions are on:
- Mon 24th Sep - Deans Community High, Livingston, West Lothian
- Tues 25th Sep - Corn Exchange, Haddington, East Lothian
- Wed 26th Sep - Tweed Horizons, Newton St Boswells, Scottish Borders
- Mon 1st October - Broughton High School, Edinburgh
A 66-year-old man has been assaulted by two men in Newtown St Boswells. The attack happened on Park Crescent at around 9pm on Monday 16th April. It is thought the victim, who usually walks with a stick, was assaulted by two men after falling over.
Our reporter has been told that two men approached the man offering to help but then turned on him and demanded money. They then physically attacked him and he was admitted to hospital. One of the suspects is described as being in his 20's with brown coloured hair.
Lothian and Borders Police are asking anyone who may have information to contact them.
A series of Internet safety sessions are be run in the Scottish Borders to give parents help and guidance on keeping children safe while online.
Officers in Kelso, Hawick, Eyemouth, Peebles, Galshiels and Melrose will hold a series of one hour sessions over the next six months.
A presentation by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit will be given highlighting the risks young people face while online. The sessions are open to everyone. PC Rachel Stevenson said: