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Dorset and BCP Combating Drugs Partnership

The Dorset and BCP Combating Drugs Partnership (CDP) was created to tackle the issue of drugs in Dorset with three key aims.

In early September 2022 the Dorset and BCP Combating Drugs Partnership (CDP) was established, in response to the Government’s requirements in the National Harm to Hope 10-year Drugs Strategy. This is to support delivery of the Government’s three main strategic ambitions:

  1. Break Supply Chains
  2. Deliver a world class treatment and recovery system
  3. Achieve a generational shift in the demand for drugs

Together, our local CDP has established the following:

  • A needs assessment and a delivery plan
  • Set up four sub-groups:
      • Joint Analytic – Produced the needs assessment and coordinated the delivery plan.
      • Prevention – Focusing on education and support with children, young people, and families at risk. This now has four working groups.
      • Enforcement – To tackle drugs in our communities and via prisons.
      • Treatment and Recovery – To improve engagement with and access to treatment and recovery services in our communities, and throughout the Criminal Justice System. This also has a working group focusing on continuity of care.

Who is involved?

The  Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the Dorset and BCP Combating Drugs Partnership (CDP) is Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, David Sidwick. The Vice Chair is Director of Public Health, Sam Crowe. 

The CDP and sub-group membership is:

  • BCP and Dorset Councils - both elected members, and senior officers from Adult, Children, Community Safety, Housing, and Commissioning Services
  • Police – Dorset Police and the SW Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU)
  • Prisons – locally and regionally
  • Probation services – locally and regionally
  • Public Health Dorset – including Dorset and BCP areas
  • NHS Dorset
  • Dorset HealthCare
  • Drug and alcohol treatment providers
  • People with lived experience
  • Dorset Combined Youth Justice Service


CDP structure

Lead member bios

David Sidwick, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner - Senior Responsible Officer

Since taking up office in 2021, the Police and Crime Commissioner has also taken on a national role as the joint lead on alcohol and substance misuse for the national Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). Tackling drugs and looking at effective prevention measures is a key priority of Dorset's Police and Crime Plan and includes a number of methods including robust enforcement, effective prevention through commissioned services and raising awareness around the harms of recreational drug use. As SRO for the CDP, David said his responsibility is to ensure all the correct partners are involved in the collaboration, in order to have everyone engaged and working together to really drive change. 

Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health Dorset and BCP Councils - Treatment and Recovery

Sam retrained in public health in 2002 following a decade long career as a journalist. During his time as a reporter, editor and freelance correspondent for national publications he worked alongside several international health organisations in countries facing huge public health challenges. He covered a wide range of issues from health service reform in Rwanda, to Malaria and TB control in sub-Saharan Africa, HIV care in Uganda, to palliative care provision in South Africa. This fuelled his interest in public health, and after qualifying in 2008 he started work as a consultant in public health for the local public health team based at Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust. Several system reorganisations later he has been Director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils since August 2019, leading a shared public health service for the two unitary Councils. 

Theresa Leavy - Prevention

Theresa Leavy is an experienced leader of Children’s Services. She started her career as a social worker and over the past 25 years has managed and led a range of children’s services authorities. Theresa is a passionate advocate for social mobility and for improving the life chances of the country’s most vulnerable children, young people and families.Dorset Council has recently had their recent ILACS Ofsted Inspection with an overall Good rating as well as an Outstanding rating for Management and Leadership.

Stewart Dipple - Enforcement

Stewart Dipple is a Detective Superintendent with Dorset Police and his current role is as the thematic lead for tackling drug criminality in Dorset. His career as a detective has been involved in investigating, volume and serious crime, within safeguarding in the Public Protection Unit, and more latterly as the Director of Intelligence within the Crime and Criminal Justice department.
Stewart is passionate about taking swift positive action against those that hurt and harm our communities, holding those to account for their actions and challenging the dangerous risks that illegal drugs present including exploitation of children, vulnerable adults, and the criminality and violence that surrounds supply of drugs and organised criminality.


CDP meetings are now held quarterly:


  • Wednesday 7th February
  • Wednesday 15th May 
  • Wednesday 4th September 
  • Friday 29th November


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