Police post candidate calls for 'common sense' on drugs
POLICE and Crime Commissioner candidate Pete Levy says that he would push for a "common sense" approach to tackling drug and alcohol-related crimes, if he is successful in next month's election.
Mr Levy, pictured, who is running for the Lib Dems, wants the problem of addict offenders to be approached in part as a health issue, not a criminal one.
In a national study, it was found that 75 per cent of untreated addicts who had been in prison would re-offend and 43 per cent of offences committed by addicts are acquisitive crime, like theft and burglary, according to the most recent Home Office statistics.
"Drugs are an issue that need tackling now," said Mr Levy, a Bristol City councillor for Horfield.
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"I'm not talking about locking up addicts, but the dealers that are facilitating their addiction.
"Addicts need a different approach. By creating a circle of offending, punishing and re-offending, we are doing nothing about the root causes of these types of crime. I want them to get treatment not sentences.
"I've heard other candidates declaring zero tolerance on drugs. This is an empty, political slogan that does nothing about the root causes of crime. It is about education, prevention and rehabilitation, not just punishment."