Texas Tech Students Visit Teesside

Two undergraduate students from America recently visited Teesside as part of a study programme to find out more about our region’s approach to drug and alcohol treatment and prevention.

Student 1 Colton Denmon and Max Bugner, final year students at Texas Tech University, will be in Teesside for around a month as part of an overseas study initiative in partnership with Teesside University and Recovery Connections in Middlesbrough.

Alongside their work supporting vulnerable people with Recovery Connections, Colton and Max visited Middlesbrough Police Station and met with Temporary Chief Inspector Scott Cowie and Response Officers, Laura Davison and Alan Brown to find out how policing differs in Cleveland, compared to the United States.

Colton and Max saw first-hand the partnership working between Cleveland Police and multi-agencies, such as Recovery Connections, in helping people overcome addiction and enable them to move forward with their lives positively.

During their tour, Reliance Detention Officer James Mayo showed them a Custody Suite and they undertook an alcohol roadside breathalyser test (which they passed with flying colours!). In addition they had a chat with detectives from our Community Drug Enforcement Team to gain an understanding of drug and alcohol issues and trends in Teesside, and how Cleveland Police works in partnership with communities, families and agencies to improve outcomes.

Dot Turton, CEO of Recovery Connections stated: “I am extremely grateful for the support offered by Cleveland Police and to Temporary Chief Inspector Cowie, PC Davison and PC Brown, James Mayo and detectives who have taken time out of their busy workloads to show Colton and Max how Cleveland Police deals with the effects and impact of drug and alcohol dependencies, to keep people safe.”

T/CI Cowie explained: “We were thrilled to be asked to support Colton and Max and welcome them to Cleveland as part of their study programme. Different experiences and cultures enables us all to share good practice and learning – and this all adds to better outcomes for the people we serve and protect. We wish Colton and Max the very best with the rest of their studies and future careers.”

Colton, who graduates in December will advance to Nursing School and Max, graduating next May, has aspirations to become a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor.

For more information about the work of Recovery Connections, visit: www.recoveryconnections.org.uk