Drug testing on arrest: guidance for police forces

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Guidance for police forces on how to carry out self-funded drug testing on arrest.

All police forces in England and Wales can introduce self-funded drug testing on arrest as an approach to reducing drug-related offending.

Forces are able to manage their own operations across police sites - specific site authorisations through the Home Office are no longer required.

Drug testing is a powerful tool for identifying drug-misusing offenders. A positive drug test for heroin, crack or cocaine use is a valuable gateway to ensure the offender can access treatment and other support to tackle their drug-related offending.

Following a positive test, there are also legal sanctions for those unwilling to address their drug misuse and drug-related offending. In those areas operating drug testing on arrest, around two-thirds of those entering treatment are identified following the initial drug test.


  1. Drug testing police sites

    • Form
  2. Drug testing on arrest guidance

    • Guidance
  3. Introducing locally funded drugs testing on arrest

    • Policy paper
  4. Drugs Test 2 (DT2) form

    • Form
  5. Required assessment (RA) forms

    • Form
  6. Drugs Test 1 (DT1) form

    • Form
Published 13 April 2012