The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) is part of the UK Government’s strategy to reduce drug related crime and its associated harm to communities and individuals involved with illicit drug use.
Its principle aim is to reduce drug related crime, offending behaviour and consequent custodial sentences by intervening at every stage of the criminal justice system to engage offenders in drug treatment.
Gwent DIP provides thoroughcare and aftercare services for substance misusers who have come into contact with the police and criminal justice system due to their drug use. This includes being arrested for possession, receiving a fixed penalty and caution or a charge leading to a court appearance.
In order to do so, it has built on the best existing interventions to create an integrated approach which enables appropriate and continuing engagement with an individual at arrest, on charge, in court, during and on completion community and custodial sentences or statutory supervision in the community and on leaving structured treatment environments.
In Wales the Welsh Government has worked closely with the Home Office to ensure that all elements of the DIP programme – drug testing on charge/arrest, arrest referral, criminal justice integrated teams – are fully integrated into a seamless criminal justice drug establishment. DIP went ‘live’ in Gwent and across Wales in March 2006.
DIP interventions form part of a beginning-to-end support programme that follows and manages offenders as they pass through the criminal justice system, covering the following areas:
- Police custody
Individuals may also self refer to the scheme if they have a demonstrable link to the criminal justice system or are leaving structured treatment in a planned way.
From April 2013, Police and Crime Commissioners have received funding from the Home Office that had previously been provided for the DIP. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent agreed on the 11th December 2012, to continue to fund the Gwent DIP for 2013/14.
For more information on the Gwent DIP please visit their website http://www.gwentdip.org.uk/