Joint DRNS / SIPR event: Approaches to the Policing of Drugs

16th January 2020

Joint DRNS / SIPR event: Approaches to the Policing of Drugs
Thursday 16th January - Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus



This event sought to facilitate the sharing of research, wider knowledge and views regarding the policing of drugs in order to best help support the police approach in Scotland going forward. The event examined the intersection of policing and public health/harm reduction and what that may mean for Scotland; in this respect speakers sought to share and discuss existing knowledge from various jurisdictions, including the UK.

Presentations included:

1. What is the role of policing in public health approaches to the drug problem: international evidence

Dr Liz Aston, Edinburgh Napier University and Dr Maria Fotopoulou, University of Stirling - SLIDES AVAILABLE HERE


2. Police Scotland: plans and approach to the drug problem

ACC Gary Ritchie, Police Scotland - SLIDES AVAILABLE HERE


3. Public health approach to policing of drugs and models in England

Dr Matthew Bacon, University of Sheffield - SLIDES AVAILABLE HERE


4. Public health policing on the ground

DCI Jason Kew, Thames Valley Police - SLIDES AVAILABLE HERE