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Committee examines police response to spiking

25 January 2022

The Home Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into spiking when it takes evidence from representatives of the National Police Chiefs Council, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the Metropolitan Police.

Witnesses

Wednesday 26 January 2022

At 10.30am

  • Jason Harwin, Deputy Chief Constable, National Police Chiefs Council Drugs Lead
  • Joy Allen, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Joint Lead on Addictions and Substance Misuse, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Dean Ames, Forensic Drugs Operation manager, Metropolitan Police

The session will examine police efforts to improve understanding of spiking, both in terms of its prevalence and the profile of perpetrators. It will explore how spiking incidents are currently investigated and the challenges of prosecuting cases.

In earlier evidence sessions, the Committee heard that victims were reluctant to go to the police meaning that many incidents are not recorded. It will explore what more can be done to improve the police response and build confidence that reports of spiking will be dealt with effectively.

The Committee’s public survey is open until Monday 31 January, where those who have been a victim of spiking or witnessed an incident can give their experiences of the support they received.

Further information

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