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West Mercia PCC support to DIVERT drug users

Posted on: 21 July, 2021

The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has secured additional funding in partnership with the other regional PCCs to DIVERT drug offenders away from becoming involved in more serious offences, across West Mercia. This funding seized regionally as proceeds of crime, will fund the charity Cranstoun to deliver the DIVERT™ project. Launching on August 1st, it will offer early intervention for to those found in possession of small amounts of drugs.

87% of those engaged, did not re-offend within six months, when the project was delivered in the West Midlands. By engaging with substance misuse intervention sessions at the earliest opportunity low level offenders get tailored advice and support, steering them away from a further criminal record and other issues such as unemployment, and towards better outcomes in life. The sessions are delivered virtually, encouraging more engagement across some of the vast rural communities in West Mercia.

Commissioner John Campion said “Early interventions can make such a difference to individuals, to communities and to potential future victims of crime. By diverting drug users to support and health services, we make a real culture change approach that ensures the best outcomes for everyone. Along with other PCC’s in the region, I’m pleased to help drive this project and ensure that money that has been used in criminal activity can be used for such a worthwhile project.”

Arron Owen, Cranstoun’s National Lead for Criminal Justice said “Cranstoun is delighted to be working with the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner to expand DIVERT™ and deliver the scheme across the region. This builds on the excellent work we have done across the West Midlands.

“By diverting people from drug-related offences to a specialist support programme, we can engage with individuals who may never seek treatment. In doing so, we can work with them to address their use of drugs, reduce harm and break the cycle of drug-related crime.”

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