Journal Article

Policing the ‘Drugs Intervention Programme’ (DIP): An Exploratory Study of the Southern UK Policing Region

Jamie Hancock, Colm Fearon, Heather McLaughlin and Bob Fielden

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 6, issue 4, pages 431-442
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online January 2012 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/par059
Policing the ‘Drugs Intervention Programme’ (DIP): An Exploratory Study of the Southern UK Policing Region

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The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) established in 2003, is the default mode of intervention and policing engagement with drug-using criminals in England and Wales. The aim of this article has been to explore the DIP from the perspective of improving policing interventions by identifying key issues for engagement. An exploratory study of policing experiences from three basic command units (BCUs) are examined within the Southern Policing region of the UK. A conceptual framework is developed by identifying key issues for effective engagement with the DIP. There is a strong contribution in terms of developing new insight about different experiences of policing and DIP interventions within the Southern UK Policing Region. It is hoped that this article will help form the basis for future case study work.

Journal Article.  5628 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Policing

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