Turning Point responds to the Police and Crime Commissioner elections

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the Police and Crime Commissioner elections Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said;

"We should not underestimate the central role Police and Crime Commissioners will play in public health. Mandate or no mandate the elected PCCs should not only be involved in policing but recognise the vital role they can and must play when it comes to public health more generally.

It is imperative that they use their position to ensure successful, working partnerships in regards to mental health and substance misuse delivery for individuals and communities. To focus on the substance misuse example, statistics show that for every £1 spent on drug treatment £2.50 is saved. 80% of this saving is attributable to criminal justice savings and 20% to health savings. The link between policing and health cannot be ignored and we are hopeful that the successful candidates will use their positions to effect real change in this area."

Jason Carr, Team Leader at Turning Point's Wakefield Criminal Justice Services said;

"We are hopeful that the successful PCC candidates will recognise the important role the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) plays across the country in managing service users with complex needs and in reducing drug related offending.

The service DIP teams provide in terms of rapid access to treatment and the provision of effective harm minimisation information, needs to be recognised in the future commissioning of drug treatment services in order to meet the needs of the community."