[holding answer 8 January 2007]: Peterborough is a Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) “intensive” area—which means that all aspects of the programme are in place there. These include drug testing for heroin and crack/cocaine following arrest for “trigger offences”, or any offence where a police officer of inspector rank or above suspects the misuse of such drugs caused or contributed to the offence. For those who test positive there is a requirement to attend an initial assessment with a drugs worker and, where applicable, restrictions on bail are used to encourage offenders to address their drug misuse problems. Other features of the programme are the case management of offenders and the brokering of access to other service such as housing or training support.
The DIP management information system indicates that, in September 2006, the cumulative caseload for Peterborough Drug Action Team area stood at 99 clients. In this context, being on the caseload means that individuals are being case-managed by drug workers, having been assessed as requiring interventions which are agreed in a specific care plan. The drugs worker will ensure that there is at all times co-ordination of the care plan. In addition to drug treatment this may include support with issues relating to accommodation, finances and rebuilding family relationships. The cumulative caseload will change as new clients are engaged and existing ones no longer require management or are temporarily suspended while their management is supervised elsewhere.
Drug-related crime is falling. Acquisitive crime, to which drug-related crime makes a substantial contribution, fell by almost 16 per cent. between April 4 and March 6.