New scheme to tackle drug related crime in Essex

New scheme to tackle drug related crime in Essex

New scheme to tackle drug related crime in Essex

First published in Local News

PEOPLE arrested on suspicion of drug related crimes in Essex will be tested as part of a new scheme.

Thousands of crimes costing millions of pounds are linked to drug use in Essex every year.

The Home Office has given Essex Police a £718,000 grant for a scheme called Drug Testing on Arrest to combat the problem.

Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston said: “Class A drug users often commit a significant proportion of acquisitive crime.

“The programme aims to identify whether a person arrested on suspicion of certain offences is a Class A drug user, and if so facilitate their access to treatment.

“The evidence shows successful treatment for drug misuse will significantly reduce re-offending, and keep our communities safer.”

The programme will be run for two years and include evaluation by Essex University.

A pilot scheme was previously run in Chelmsford with 53 people referred for treatment and 37 people helped.

When someone is arrested on suspicion of crimes directly related to drugs, such as possession of a class A drug, or crimes which may be indirectly related, such as burglary, theft and robbery, custody staff will consider whether a drug test is appropriate.

If this is then approved by an inspector a saliva swab will be taken.

If the test comes back positive help and treatment for drug use will be made available.

Ann Naylor, cabinet member for public heath at Essex County Council, said: “The aim is to reduce reoffending.”

Derek Benson, Deputy Chief Constable of Essex Police, said “Testing such as this offers Essex Police another valuable tool alongside education and enforcement in tackling drug misuse.”

According to research by the National Treatment Agency a heroin of crack cocaine user costs society more than £25,000 a year.

Home Office research revealed a 26 per cent drop in reoffending following a positive test in custody and subsequent help.

The scheme will run throughout the county.

If only 29 people in the two years stop committing crime the money spent on the scheme will be paid for out of the savings made.

It is hoped an extra 800 people will be referred for treatment as a result of the programme in Essex.

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12:30pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Friendly Fire says...

Who even cares. Theft, burglary, and robbery are easy ways to make cash. I sort of condone it as life don't do no one anyone favours by sticking to the rules. That's my theory anyway.
Who even cares. Theft, burglary, and robbery are easy ways to make cash. I sort of condone it as life don't do no one anyone favours by sticking to the rules. That's my theory anyway. Friendly Fire
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12:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

hawkeye2507 says...

What a total waste of money, i know several drug user including a family member who constantly get arrested. the police know of their drug habits and they are all ready part of treatments. they still use ten though they are on these schemes and will never alter. it is a total waste of time and money
What a total waste of money, i know several drug user including a family member who constantly get arrested. the police know of their drug habits and they are all ready part of treatments. they still use ten though they are on these schemes and will never alter. it is a total waste of time and money hawkeye2507
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12:52pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

What utter nonsense.
A) a cr8p scheme name says it all.
B) who thought they could convince people with that business case..... £718K grant given - basically to buy a load of drug tests, and based on a drug user costing £25k a year - if only 29 people stop commiting crime then the money spent on the scheme would have been made out of savings.... what about all the rehab and treatment/support that is offered.... is that at nil cost as just one example? I am astounded that they try selling this to us as if we would applaud this.
C) They already saliva swab people for no reason anyway - cant they test those swabs instead of running a seperate test at double the cost?
What utter nonsense. A) a cr8p scheme name says it all. B) who thought they could convince people with that business case..... £718K grant given - basically to buy a load of drug tests, and based on a drug user costing £25k a year - if only 29 people stop commiting crime then the money spent on the scheme would have been made out of savings.... what about all the rehab and treatment/support that is offered.... is that at nil cost as just one example? I am astounded that they try selling this to us as if we would applaud this. C) They already saliva swab people for no reason anyway - cant they test those swabs instead of running a seperate test at double the cost? Controversial1
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7:43pm Wed 6 Aug 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

New scheme what a load of BallC*cks.
I will tell what the scheme should be !
1. Bust your door down, No Warrant Needed.
2. Take Your Benefits Away.
3. Take your property and belongings away from you of any value.
4. Full detox in an enclosed environment. (Cold Turkey):
5. You get new benefits and a home once you have proved your worth.
6. Detention for the Gang and Gun runners on a permanent basis run by the military as an extension of the M.C.T.C. for hardened offenders, Marching, Clean Up Squads etc.
7. What damage you have done to the Public and or The System, you pay back from your benefits and eventually your wages, for life that means, until every penny is paid back !
8. As for the pushers and suppliers, if you are a foreigner you are out !
9. If you are one of us then G*d help you !
10. We need to get tough on drugs and weapon crime, of all kinds. You get caught with guns or knives, you get shot by our "POLICE" and "Special Forces", SIMPLE.
NO MORE NAMBY PAMBY WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH, WE WANT OUR STREETS BACK:
New scheme what a load of BallC*cks. I will tell what the scheme should be ! 1. Bust your door down, No Warrant Needed. 2. Take Your Benefits Away. 3. Take your property and belongings away from you of any value. 4. Full detox in an enclosed environment. (Cold Turkey): 5. You get new benefits and a home once you have proved your worth. 6. Detention for the Gang and Gun runners on a permanent basis run by the military as an extension of the M.C.T.C. for hardened offenders, Marching, Clean Up Squads etc. 7. What damage you have done to the Public and or The System, you pay back from your benefits and eventually your wages, for life that means, until every penny is paid back ! 8. As for the pushers and suppliers, if you are a foreigner you are out ! 9. If you are one of us then G*d help you ! 10. We need to get tough on drugs and weapon crime, of all kinds. You get caught with guns or knives, you get shot by our "POLICE" and "Special Forces", SIMPLE. NO MORE NAMBY PAMBY WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH, WE WANT OUR STREETS BACK: TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
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9:48pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Nebs says...

TheBrotherhoodOfTheB
ell
wrote:
New scheme what a load of BallC*cks.
I will tell what the scheme should be !
1. Bust your door down, No Warrant Needed.
2. Take Your Benefits Away.
3. Take your property and belongings away from you of any value.
4. Full detox in an enclosed environment. (Cold Turkey):
5. You get new benefits and a home once you have proved your worth.
6. Detention for the Gang and Gun runners on a permanent basis run by the military as an extension of the M.C.T.C. for hardened offenders, Marching, Clean Up Squads etc.
7. What damage you have done to the Public and or The System, you pay back from your benefits and eventually your wages, for life that means, until every penny is paid back !
8. As for the pushers and suppliers, if you are a foreigner you are out !
9. If you are one of us then G*d help you !
10. We need to get tough on drugs and weapon crime, of all kinds. You get caught with guns or knives, you get shot by our "POLICE" and "Special Forces", SIMPLE.
NO MORE NAMBY PAMBY WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH, WE WANT OUR STREETS BACK:
Don't sit on the fence, say what you really think.
[quote][p][bold]TheBrotherhoodOfTheB ell[/bold] wrote: New scheme what a load of BallC*cks. I will tell what the scheme should be ! 1. Bust your door down, No Warrant Needed. 2. Take Your Benefits Away. 3. Take your property and belongings away from you of any value. 4. Full detox in an enclosed environment. (Cold Turkey): 5. You get new benefits and a home once you have proved your worth. 6. Detention for the Gang and Gun runners on a permanent basis run by the military as an extension of the M.C.T.C. for hardened offenders, Marching, Clean Up Squads etc. 7. What damage you have done to the Public and or The System, you pay back from your benefits and eventually your wages, for life that means, until every penny is paid back ! 8. As for the pushers and suppliers, if you are a foreigner you are out ! 9. If you are one of us then G*d help you ! 10. We need to get tough on drugs and weapon crime, of all kinds. You get caught with guns or knives, you get shot by our "POLICE" and "Special Forces", SIMPLE. NO MORE NAMBY PAMBY WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH, WE WANT OUR STREETS BACK:[/p][/quote]Don't sit on the fence, say what you really think. Nebs
  • Score: -1

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