Evaluation of a community based drug law enforcement model for intersectoral harm reduction (NCBADLE)

  • Research program:
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: April 1998
  • Expected end date: January 2001
  • Completion date: December 2000
  • Funded by: National Community Based Approach to Drug Law Enforcement Secretariat (NCBADLE)
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This project, which is funded by a grant from the National Community Based Approaches to Drug Law Enforcement Secretariat, evaluated new models of illicit drug law enforcement. In each of Mirrabooka (Perth) and Geraldton a project co-ordinator employed by the WA Police Service established a community based structure comprising a Drug Action Team (DAT) and Drug Reference Group (DRG) with the general aim of reorienting local level illicit drug law enforcement activities towards attaining drug harm reductive outcomes. The evaluation monitored processes in the development of intersectoral partnerships between the police and local community stakeholders.

The evaluation in Western Australia is being run in collaboration with researchers from the University of Melbourne who evaluated similar projects in New South Wales and Victoria. The comparison across projects and the documentation relating to the development of understanding of processes explains why different projects reached different stages, or experienced different successes.

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Professor Simon Lenton
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Harm reduction policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Wendy Loxley, Curtin University
  • Co-investigator: Professor Richard Midford, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Kevin Boots,
  • Project staff: John Acres, Curtin University

Midford, R., Acres, J., Lenton, S., Loxley, W. and Boots, K. (2002). Cops, Drugs and the Community: Establishing Consultative Harm Reduction Structures in Two Western Australian Locations. International Journal of Drug Policy, 13, (3), pp. 181-188. DOI: 10.1016/S0955-3959(02)00031-2 [RJ382] View web page

Canty, C., Acres, J., Loxley, W., Sutton, A., James, S., Lenton, S., Midford, R. and Boots, K. (2001). Evaluation of a community based drug law enforcement model for intersectoral harm reduction – final report. Australasian Centre for Policing Research, 298 Payneham, SA 5070. ISBN: 0624 474 125 [T98]

Midford, R., Lenton, S., Boots, K., Acres, J., Loxley, W., Canty, C., James, S. and Sutton, A. (2001). A guidebook for evaluating community-based drug law enforcement projects. Australasian Centre for Policing Research, Payneham, SA. [R119] Abstract