There are very good reasons why the health sector should
collaborate with law enforcement agencies. Such cooperation is good for both
agencies and for the community. Nevertheless, working together can be very
difficult since totally different approaches and objectives are often adopted.
When assessing the possibility of collaboration with law enforcement agencies,
it is useful to ask the following questions:
· Has the agency
ever considered a community and preventive approach?
· Are such approaches being considered at the
· Have the deliberations actually
resulted in action?
· To what extent has
action been initiated and maintained?
If an agency has never considered a preventive programme, the
way in which an approach is made needs to be radically different from an
approach to an agency that is already involved in an active