PCC shares his plans to tackle drugs with MPs
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is visiting
parliament to share with MPs and PCCs his new proposals to tackle
David Jamieson's recommendations are aimed at reducing the
cost of drugs to the taxpayer, preventing crime and reducing the
shocking number of deaths in the region.
In attendance at the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice
Cross-Party Parliamentary Group will be a number of PCC's from
across the country including Durham PCC Ron Hogg and Debryshire PCC
Hardyal Dhindsa, as well as Victoria Atkins
MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability. The meeting gives the
PCC an opportunity to present his proposals to MPs from all
political parties, and share his ideas with other PCC's who have
been working hard to reform drug policy in the UK.
Recommendations discussed during the meeting include
Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) and a formal scheme for diverting
people away from the Criminal Justice System.
Speaking about his proposals to tackle the scourge of
drugs, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson,
"Despite the good work being done by many, collectively
our approach to drugs is failing. Drugs are costing the West
Midlands £1.4 billion each year.
"It means people are forced to live with more crime,
public services are put under strain and not enough is done to
reduce the suffering of those who are addicted.
"If we are to cut crime and save lives there's one thing
we can all agree on; we need fresh ideas.
"By 2020, I hope many of these proposals are in place and
will be having an effect - reducing crime, but also the suffering
of those addicted to drugs. These proposals will save the public
sector money by reducing the strain on services that currently
Lord Ramsbotham, Co-Chair of the Drugs, Alcohol and
Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group said:
"We have campaigned consistently for evidence-based policy
and therefore welcome these recommendations as a most constructive
and convincing contribution. Reducing crime and harm by diverting
people with substance misuse issues away from the criminal justice
system into treatment, as advocated by the West Midlands Police
& Crime Commissioner, must be the correct strategy. We look
forward to discussing this excellent document at our next Group