RUG TRAFFICKING AND ORGANISED CRIME,the governmentas (categorisation and attitude?) perception towards drugs and the impact it has on policing.

Drug trafficking and organised crime
investigate the governmentas (categorisation and attitude?) perception towards drugs and the impact it has on policing.

This proposed research project is on drug trafficking and organised crime., However in particular it is concerned with this project is going to investigate the governmentas (categorisation and attitude?) perception towards drugs and the impact it has on policing.
According to the Home Office (2008) a?The plan calls for earlier intervention to get drug-using families into treatment, legal rights for police to seize property purchased with drug money, and new approaches to drug treatment.a? However Green (1998) criticises the policing of the drug market when pointing out that a?There seems to be two areas of official concern in the debate centred on policing; firstly, whether policing should move towards a supranational structure or remain at a national level with increase cooperation at an international level and, secondly, the nature of the relationship between customs and the police.a? Bean, (2002) also suggests adding on that a?No police force has anything resembling an accurate description of the drug problem and that there is no well worked out body of theory or history of experience to allow predictions of likely results of alternative approaches.a?

The Home Office (2008) suggests that a?The governments new ten-year strategy for fighting illegal drugs is designed to ensure that fewer young people ever use drugs, and that those who do use drugs get help to kick the habit and re-establish their lives.a? However the UN Conventions on Drugs states that In response to the increasing problem of drug abuse and trafficking during the 1970s and 1980s, the Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 provides for comprehensive measures against drug trafficking.a? and furthermore The Home Office (2008) points out that new plan to tackle illegal drugs is that a?It aims to cut drug-related crime, and to reduce the damage that drugs do in our communities.a? (what can you conclude about these points? The first one seems to be about a?harm reductiona and the second about enforcement. What do you know about these two perspectives?)

The UN Conventions on Drugs states that The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 was set up as a universal system (replacing the various treaties signed until then) to control the cultivation, production, manufacture, export, import, distribution of, trade in, use and possession of narcotic substances, paying special attention to those that are plant-based: opium/heroin, coca/cocaine and cannabis. More than a hundred substances are listed in the four schedules of the convention, placing them under varying degrees of control.a?
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