This free seminar entitled, A Force for Good? How the criminal justice system can support the public’s health, explores the interrelationship between the criminal justice system and public health, and discusses what can be done to improve partnership working to achieve better health and social outcomes.
The police and criminal justice services have always had a frontline role to play in response to issues around public health, in particular with those related to illegal drugs. Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) have been tasked with improving partnership working with other organisations such as councils and the NHS to ensure a holistic approach is taken to such issues, but this must also be balanced against law enforcement priorities. Recently, some PCCs have publicly deprioritised actions against some types of drug offence in order to focus resources elsewhere, but this is far from widespread.