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Substance Abuse

AIM: A review by police and other criminal justice partners on whether processes for identifying and referring individuals in contact with the criminal justice system into substance misuse services are as effective as they could be. 

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

  • Over £3m of funding provided to Local Authorities across the Thames Valley to tackle local priorities including offender management programmes and substance misuse services.
  • Over £46,000 provided to develop a conditional caution scheme for alcohol related violence which will result in access to a substance misuse scheme. 

Thames Valley Police

  • Key Criminal Justice partners are being engaged in order to establish complementary approaches to diversion and offender aftercare referrals, for example probation services and custody partnerships including Liaison and Diversion. The timing of the rollout is linked to the delivery of effective rehabilitative treatments including Victim Awareness Course and drug and alcohol treatment. 
  • A drug diversion pilot scheme has begun in West Berkshire following extensive development and research by the Policing Strategy Unit. Offenders found with small quantities of illegal drugs are given an opportunity to engage with a tailored diversion route to address their drug use instead of facing prosecution. Aiming to break the cycle of re-offending, this scheme can help reduce demand on frontline services and reduce the number of drug-related deaths in Thames Valley.
  • The Policing Strategy Unit is working with West Berkshire Local Policing Area to pilot an alternative out-of-court disposal process for those arrested for drugs possession.
  • The out-of-court disposals framework is being rolled out across the force. This provides a two tier disposal strategy of conditional cautions or community resolutions. Currently being trialled in Reading under Operation Pathway, this streamlined process is quicker and ensures appropriate disposals are made.
  • Monitoring and evaluation arrangements, and the development of interventions are ongoing.