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Cannabis Offence Arrests/Cautions/ Charges Since 2013

Question

I am writing to request the number of arrests, cautions and charges made in relation to cannabis offences in the past five years in the area covered by the force.

Answer

Please find the information in the below table:

Year

Arrests

Cautions

Charges Including postal requisitions

2013

2097

607

811

2014

1605

466

666

2015

1180

252

505

2016

1082

314

670

2017

610

58

205

In April 2016 the constabulary set up the Drugs Education Programme in the Bristol area which offers an alternative route for drug possession offences. It delivers a ‘once only opportunity’ for offenders to receive an intervention aimed at deterring them from further drug use and further involvement in the criminal justice system.

FOI reference: 980/17.

Date of request: 09.08.17.