Class A drug tests in Merseyside Police custody: year ending March 2023
The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) has an overarching aim to identify and engage with adult offenders in the criminal justice system who use drugs and/or alcohol, and encourage them towards appropriate treatment services in order to reduce acquisitive crime. The DIP process often begins with the police drug testing adults in custody for specified Class A drugs (crack/powder cocaine and/or opiates) following an arrest or charge. If an individual tests positive, they can be served with a Required Assessment (RA) by the police, which is a compulsory legal sanction requiring the individual to undergo an assessment. This report presents data on drug tests carried out across Merseyside Police’s custody suites showing trends up to the year ending March 2023. It contextualises Merseyside Police drug testing records by providing numbers and trends of adult offenders who use crack/powder cocaine and/or opiates, identified through this key route into DIP. A demographic overview of this cohort and figures for residents of each of the five Merseyside Local Authority areas are also provided.