Police are urging people not to report drug related crimes on social media.
After a couple of drugs related incidents in Blandford, North Dorset Police posted on their social media feed that people should not alert officers to drug crimes on social media as officers cannot review everything that is posted.
They also commented that this can alert criminals to police activity.
On their social media feed, North Dorset Police said: “Our local teams are committed to dealing positively to those who are suspected of drug offences.
“We recognize that the public are our eyes and ears and will continue to work closely and act on information around this issue. I would encourage the public to report concerns via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online or 101.
“Our team has increased targeted patrols in Hot Spot areas and are focused on the disruption and tackling of persons involved in drug dealing within our community.
“We are aware of the use of social media in the community reporting concerns on a variety of forums. The police are unable to review all social media posts, and in recent cases posting has led to those involved changing routines and disrupting police activity. Our advice is that those involved in drug offences may also monitor social media and as such posts may place persons at risk. If you have concerns please inform us so we are aware of local concerns and can take the appropriate action.”
This plea comes after two drugs related incidents in Blandford.
One took place in Blandford last month, in which a 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drugs and a quantity of suspected Cannabis, Cocaine and MDMA.
This incident saw police called to an address on Salisbury Street on Tuesday, August 20 after concerns were raised by members of the public.
The man was subsequently released under investigation.
Another saw officers execute a drugs warrant at around 5pm on Thursday, September 5, during which a quantity of drugs was seized. These officers carried out a search of a premises off Market Place in Blandford.
After the search of the premises, a woman agreed to voluntarily attend the police station for an interview.
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “Local officers are committed to tackling suspected drug-related offences and are indebted to members of the public for providing information that helps to build an intelligence picture.
Any residents with information or concerns in relation to alleged drug-related activity are urged to contact police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email email@example.com or by calling 101.”