TACKLING PROBLEMS: Sergeant for the Eidsvold police Chris James, Inspector Pat Swindells, Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch's David May and Bundaberg Traffic Branch Sergeant Marty Arnold at the CWA Hall on Monday afternoon.
TACKLING PROBLEMS: Sergeant for the Eidsvold police Chris James, Inspector Pat Swindells, Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch's David May and Bundaberg Traffic Branch Sergeant Marty Arnold at the CWA Hall on Monday afternoon. Philippe Coquerand

Police tackle drugs: a growing problem in district

DRUG use and speeding were some of the growing problems mentioned in Eidsvold, with concerned residents voicing their frustration at a police forum held at the CWA Hall.

The meeting, attended by more than 50 people on Monday afternoon, delved into the serious issues affecting the township and involved police from Bundaberg.

Eidsvold Sgt Chris James said drug use happened in most communities across Australia and would be an issue cracked down on.

"Law enforcement is only a part of the solution to this problem, drug users, and their friends and family need to take ownership of the issue and seek support.

"A number of motorists in and around Eidsvold have been detected driving while under the influence of drugs such as ice and cannabis. Drug testers come from as far as Brisbane and will continue to do so.”

The forum was a huge success with issues raised being addressed as of this week.

"I have already begun to address some of the issues raised on Monday with the help of other community members. I look forward to being able to report back on what progress has been made on each of the issues identified,” Sgt James said.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch's David May said it was important that if you witnessed crime, to report it to the police.

"The biggest problem we are facing is drugs. The Queensland Government recognises that people who provide information need to be protected so they've written into legislation that any information received is secret,” he said.