A Youth Programme on Dissemination of Anti-drug Messages
The French International School in collaboration with the Police Liaison Desk of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau organised a youth programme for its students on the 9th and the 18th of May respectively. The target participants were French students aged between 15 and 18. The programme aims to disseminate anti-drug messages to students, to warn about the disastrous impact of drug abuse and to suggest students that they should be cautious when they make choices in life. In fact, similar activity was organised with the support of Narcotics Division of the Hong Kong Security Bureau in March 2011
On the 9th of May 2012, two sessions of educational talks were provided by officers of the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department and the Hong Kong Police Force at the French International School.
Concerning the first session, a speaker of the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project provided information about the existing Judicial System of Hong Kong and rehabilitation services for young drug offenders in Hong Kong. According to Hong Kong laws, those persons in custody are undergoing treatment programme under the Drug Addiction Treatment Centres Ordinance. In the other session, a police officer showed different kinds of prevalent drugs to students and illustrated the recent seizures of drugs by the police in Hong Kong.
As part of the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project, the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department organised a visit to Hei Ling Chau Green Haven Scheme Resource Centre and Lai Sun Correctional Institution on the 18th of May 2012.
The delegation was composed of students, teachers, consular staff and officers of the Hong Kong Police. Students visited different settings and facilities in Lai Sun Correctional Institution, including vocational training workshops and inmates’ dormitories and they enjoyed a sharing session with inmates under custody. During the sharing session, inmates depicted their daily life in the institution and expressed their expectations of reintegration in the community.
It was a first-of-its kind programme provided for French students in Hong Kong. On behalf of the French Consulate and the French International School, Mr. Jean-Christophe Marten-Perolin, Attaché of Police of the French Consulate, thanked the enormous support of the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, the Hong Kong Police Force and their colleagues for the coordination of this programme. .
For more information:
The Mission for the fight against drugs and drug addiction (Mission interministérielle lutte contre la drogue et la toxicomanie): http://www.drogues.gouv.fr
DrugInfo Service (Drogues Info Service): http://www.drogues-info-service.fr
Hong Kong :
Narcotics Division, Security Bureau: http://www.nd.gov.hk
Rehabilitation Division, the Correctional Services Department: http://www.csd.gov.hk/english/reh/reh_over/reh_over.html
Anti-Drug Formations, the Hong Kong Police Force: http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/04_crime_matters/drug/index.html