Drug Misuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 20 March 2003.

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Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

Question S1O-6675

To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it plans to introduce in order to reduce drug-related crime in the north east.

Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour

Combating drug misuse, and associated crime, is a police priority. Over the next three years, funding for the Scottish Police Service will increase significantly, with grant aided expenditure for Grampian Police up by £16.7 million (or 23%) to £89.1 million compared with 2002-03. And funding for the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency, which has a base in the north east and which works closely with Scottish Police Forces and other UK Law enforcement agencies, has also increased. This has led to significant increases over the past few years in drug seizures. And we have set even tougher national targets for the future.

The work of law enforcement agencies will be backed by a range of other measures. These include, for example, Drug Treatment and Testing Orders, which aim to reduce acquisitive crimes committed to fund drug misuse as well as the level of drug misuse itself. These orders have been available to courts in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire since December 2001.

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