Drug drug diversion program provide offenders with the opportunity to divert from the criminal justice system and enter into treatment to address their illicit drug or alcohol-related problems.
Police Drug Diversion Program
The Police Drug Diversion Program is provided for under Section 211 of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000. People who are found by a Queensland Police Officer in possession of 50 grams or less of cannabis, and who meet the strict eligibility criteria, are offered to be diverted from the criminal justice system to an assessment and education session. The Police Diversion Program commenced in June 2001.
People identified as dependent on cannabis are referred at the completion of the session to the closest agency with treatment services for cannabis dependence. Where appropriate, referrals to other drug and alcohol and/or other services are also made. Participation in further treatment is voluntary.
There are strict eligibility criteria which must be met before someone is offered diversion by the police. Not all people found with 50 grams or less of cannabis are eligible.
A person is eligible if they: