Home Office drugs unit on hunt for first comms boss

The Home Office's drugs strategy directorate is on the hunt for its

first PR chief.

The body was set up after last June's General Election and is tasked

with overseeing the cross-departmental National Drugs Strategy which has

£1.5m to spend this year.

It is split into three teams, the most active of which is the treatment,

young people and local delivery unit. The comms head will be based in

this unit, which is headed by Judith Lempriere.

The unit is also responsible for UK-wide drug action teams, which

include representatives from the police, prison service and health


The two other units are the communities and law enforcement unit, which

fights drugs on a global basis, and the drugs review team.

The directorate aims to halve the number of young people using Class A

drugs by 2008.

The head of communications is also tasked with co-ordinating

drug-related PR across departments, most notably the Department for

Education and Skills and the Department of Health.

Media relations for the directorate is handled by the Home Office's

crime reduction and drugs desk, which is headed by senior information

officer Tim Morris.

The team will work with the directorate's head of communications, who

will lead a team of four non-PR professional, policy specialists.

The drugs strategy director is Sue Killen.

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