In the Serious Violence Strategy, published in April 2018, drug markets were identified as one of the main drivers of the recent increases in serious violence. A commitment was therefore made to build on activity already underway and provide £500,000 over two years to support delivery of a new round of Heroin and Crack Action Areas (HACAAs). The HACAAs would provide local partners and communities with the space to consider their response to a variety of public health issues, particularly around problematic heroin and crack use, the links to serious violence and the increase in drug-related deaths.


    The South West Region has successfully secured funding and as part of this we would like to invite individuals who contribute towards the strategic direction within your organisation to attend our workshops to progress this area of work.

    Please also feel free to forward this invite to your colleagues who may be interested in attending.

    Benefits of funding

    The benefits of the funding would be for those misusing heroin and crack cocaine, together with local health services and police forces due to lower costs from lower health and crime harms. The wider community would also benefit from reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour/disorder associated with drug use.


    In terms of impacts, the funding would:

    • bring local partners together (e.g. local authority, health, policing and probation) to reduce heroin and crack use and offending in their area;
    • ensure that there were coordinated pathways available to provide appropriate support to users;
    • help forces in the region to understand the drivers of the crack increase;
    • ensure that solutions were provided to areas and that local partners were committed to actions and held to account; and
    • ensure the evaluation of the impacts of different initiatives to support other areas with decisions on their local initiatives

    The outcomes would be lower crime and health harms, leading to lower costs for local health and police services.

    Objectives of the workshops

    1. To provide an introduction to HACAA People who inject drugs (PWID) Custody research project
    2. Improved understanding of the drivers behind local heroin/crack use and offending;
    3. To scope opportunities for us to work collaboratively to reduce the impact of crack



    08/11/19 Devon and Cornwall
    China Fleet County Club, Saltash

    12/11/19 Dorset
    George Albert Hotel, Dorchester

    19/11/19 Avon and Somerset
    Somerset Hall, Portishead

    27/11/19 Gloucester
    The Guildhall, Gloucester

    03/12/19 Wiltshire
    Corn Exchange, Devizes

    9.30 Registration 10.00 Start 17.00 End
    Lunch provided


    Who should attend:

    • SW Regional Organised Crime
    • Custody Inspectors and Staff
    • DAAT Managers/treatment commissioners
    • CSP managers/officers
    • Local Authority
    • Safeguarding board members
    • Probation
    • ASB co-ordinators
    • Health and wellbeing board members
    • Third Sector Charities
    • BBV Specialists (HIV, Hep C and B)
    • Office of Police Crime Commissioner’s
    • Supported housing providers
    • Rough Sleeper Co-ordinator

    Please complete the form below to register your interest

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    Once you submit this form, you will receive a confirmation message. If you are having trouble registering, contact us here.


    0930 registration. Tea and coffee will be available upon your arrival
    1000 Start
    1230 Lunch
    1700 End

    Event Locations

    Avon and Somerset
    Somerset Hall
    The Precinct
    BS20 6AH

    Devon and Cornwall
    The China Fleet Country Club
    PL12 6LJ

    George Albert Hotel
    Wardon Hill
    DT2 9PW

    23 Eastgate Street
    GL1 1NS

    The Corn Exchange
    The Market Place
    SN10 1HS


    If you have any further questions or particular requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    HACAA Workshop Organiser – Becca Turner (Email)
    HACAA Workshop Administrator – Alison Norsworthy (Email)