There’s no denying the link between drug use and crime.
It’s estimated that a third of all property crime is related to drugs and around three quarters of crack cocaine and heroin users admit committing crime to feed their habit.*
By tackling drug use we can reduce crime.
National Drug Strategy
We’re working to reduce drug crime by supporting the Government’s 2008 – 2018 National Drug Strategy.
The plan aims to restrict the supply of illegal drugs and reduce the demand for them. It has four strands:
- Protecting communities through tackling drug supply, drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour
- Preventing harm to children, young people and families affected by drug misuse
- Delivering new approaches to drug treatment and social re-integration
- Public information campaigns, communications and community engagement
To help carry out that plan Essex Police works in partnership with three Drug and Alcohol Action Teams (known as DAATs) throughout the county. One is responsible for Southend, one for Thurrock and the third for the rest of Essex.
Each of the teams is made up of representatives from health, probation, education and council services as well as HM Customs and Excise and HM Prison Service.
The teams work to reduce the use of illegal drugs and rehabilitate drug users, thus helping to reduce drug-related crime.
Reporting drug crime
We’re working to break the chain between drug use and crime but we need your help. If you’re concerned about drug use or dealing in your area, no matter how small, we want to know.
To report drug activity please contact your neighbourhood support officer or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
*Information from the Home Office.