Policy Scope:

This policy affects all staff in the South Yorkshire Police.

Policy Aims and Objectives:

The South Yorkshire Police Drug Strategy 2011 - 2013 has been developed to give clear direction on how the service intends to deliver its responsibilities in tackling the problem of illegal drugs on our streets.

In achieving this aim, South Yorkshire Police will continue to build on our partnership support, enabling a thorough response to Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement. The Strategy is designed as a living document, able to evolve by way of any alteration or amendment deemed necessary and to meet any influence.  In this way, its use can determine any legislative, policy, procedural or protocol changes. The South Yorkshire Police Drug Strategy will seek to invoke advice and assistance from our partners at national, regional and particularly at local level. The principle of this strategy is one of sharing whatever information or best practice is likely to be of benefit to, or promote the national objectives. All the organisations involved will be encouraged to make proposals for research under any of the Key Area headings.

Associated Procedural Instructions:

This policy is supported by the following procedural instructions:

Drug Enforcement (D50298)

Drug Related Overdoses and Deaths (D50838)

Drug Seizure System

Drugs - Role of Police in Schools (D50842)

Use of Drugs Drop boxes in Licensed Premises (D50854)

See also:

NPIA Practice Advice on Investigating Drug Offences 2011

Managing Methamphetamine and Other Illicit Drug Laboratories

Storage, control and disposal of drugs (D50302)

Managing and Dismantling Illicit Drug Laboratories (Dec 2010)

Human Rights/Discretion:

The purpose of providing policy is to give an indication to staff of the expected course of action. However it is not possible to cater for every possible combination of factors that would justify a departure from stated policy. The Human Rights Act 1998 requires the proper use of discretion at all times and nothing within this policy and associated procedural instructions prohibits the proper use of discretion in appropriate circumstances.

Where action is taken that has the potential to interfere with an individual's Human Rights, the reasons behind the making of the decision to act in that way should be recorded on Audit Review Arrangements:

This policy together with it's Equality Analysis will be reviewed every 2 years

Rights of redress for members of the public:

Anyone who feels that a member of SYP staff has behaved incorrectly or unfairly has the right to make a complaint. Initial action should be taken in one of the following ways:

  • Complaint in writing or in person to the Senior Officer at the appropriate police station or in writing to the Chief Constable of the force concerned.
  • Visit a local Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
  • Contact a solicitor

Rights of redress for South Yorkshire Police staff:

South Yorkshire Police staff who feel they have grounds for concern in relation to the implementation of policies may:

  • Pursue concerns through their line manager.
  • Contact a First Contact Advisor.
  • Pursue a grievance formally through the South Yorkshire Police Fairness at Work Procedure.
  • Seek advice from their staff association or trades union.
  • Use procedural instruction D50241 Management of Complaints, in the section entitled Handling Complaints relating to Direction and Control. 
Equality Act 2010: 

The Act creates a statutory requirement for all Functions and Policies (Including Procedural Instructions) to be impact assessed for their level of relevance to the General Duty.

In principle, this document has been assessed for discrimination, which cannot be justified, among other diverse groups.


4 October 2004.



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