Diversion Schemes (14185/16)

Request

Could you please provide full details of any diversion schemes* run by the force in connection with sex working offences and drug offences, respectively. The details should include:

1. The full name and description of the scheme (or link to details online)

2. When the scheme became operational

3. How many people have used/taken part/been diverted into the scheme each year for the last five years

4. What proportion of people offered the scheme have taken up the offer

*Diversion schemes can be defined as educational programmes which are offered to offenders by way of them avoiding or mitigating against criminalisation.

Response

Please find attached our response.  I apologise for the delay in responding.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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