Executive summary: This report presents the results of Australian Institute of Criminology research on issues and challenges of policing alcohol and illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in metropolitan environments. This report is a companion to the 2006 National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund project The policing implications of cannabis, amphetamine and other illicit drug use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main purpose of both pieces of research was to contribute to police service knowledge of substance use by Indigenous people and to provide a framework for good practice policing of the issues associated with alcohol and drug misuse.
The first section of this report provides a summary of available data on Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in metropolitan areas. The second section reports on the challenges that police and other stakeholders identified through survey results and focus group/interview consultations that relate to policing Indigenous substance use in metropolitan areas. The final section of the report presents a suggested framework for adapting the good practice framework developed in Delahunty and Putt’s research for general use within metropolitan areas.