• A new multi-agency group has been formed to tackle drugs in Gloucestershire
  • Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Evans will lead the new Combatting Drugs Partnership – the only deputy in the country to take on the role
  • The group has been formed in response to the Government’s “From Harm to Hope” 10 year drugs plan

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC), Nick Evans is the only DPCC in the country to be leading work with partners to tackle the impact of drugs within the county’s communities.

As part of the Government’s “From Harm to Hope” 10 year drugs plan, the DPCC will be taking up the role of Senior Responsible Officer for the local Combatting Drugs Partnership that covers Gloucestershire. The national plan outlines the requirement for local areas within England to come up with plans to deliver the following:

  • Break drug supply chains
  • Deliver a world-class treatment and recovery system
  • Achieve a generational shift in the demand for drugs

Across Gloucestershire, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Gloucestershire Constabulary, NHS partners, Gloucestershire County Council, district councils and probation services will be working together, alongside treatment services and those with lived experience of the harms drugs can do. In other areas Council representatives or police and crime commissioners have taken the lead role, however due to Nick’s extensive experience as lead for the Safer Gloucestershire Partnership he’s the first deputy to take on the responsibility.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Evans said: “Drugs do incredible harm to individuals and whole communities. Tackling this scourge needs joined up thinking and partners working together, and that’s exactly what I want this new partnership to do.

“Gloucestershire is already leading the way when it comes to tackling crime using a public health approach. As chair of the Safer Gloucestershire Partnership – I’ve seen how practical support and education can make a real difference to people’s lives and ultimately reduces crime. This new partnership is going to focus that approach on combating drugs, and should make Gloucestershire safer as a result.”