New torches are set to help police crack down on drug use in Lichfield.
Staffordshire Police are introducing the new devices which will show up anyone who has handled cocaine.
The hand-held unit is being given to door staff at city bars as part of a pilot scheme to ensure the pubs stay drug-free.
Paid for by the Lichfield Safer Communities Partnership and supported by the Lichfield Licensees’ Forum, the new device will be in use at the city’s busiest bars and night spots from this weekend.
Trent Valley police’s licensing officer, Sergeant Mark Czechowski, said:
“The new unit is extremely easy to use and reveals instantly whether someone has been handling cocaine by lighting up green spots on the hands or face. It will be used by door staff to check customers as they come into premises. Anyone found to have traces of cocaine will be refused entry and could find themselves being searched and questioned by police.”
He added that the latest device would sometimes be used in conjunction with the police’s own portable, computerised drugs equipment which can detect traces of almost every illegal drug from a simple hand swab.