Improving police conceptual knowledge of Mexico's law on cannabis possession: Findings from an assessment of a police education program

Maria L. Mittal, Irina Artamonova, Pieter Baker, Steffanie A. Strathdee, Javier Cepeda, Arnulfo Bañuelos, Mario Morales, Jaime Arredondo, Teresita Rocha-Jimenez, Erika Clairgue, Elaine Bustamante, Efrain Patiño, Tommi Gaines, Leo Beletsky

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: Policing practices do not reflect recent decriminalization of drug possession in Mexico. We assessed knowledge of cannabis law as part of a police education program (PEP) post-drug law reform in Tijuana. Methods: Officers took pre-/post-PEP surveys; random subsample (n = 759) received follow-up assessments. Longitudinal logistic regression (pre-, post-, 3-months post-PEP) measured knowledge of cannabis law. Results: PEP increased conceptual knowledge of cannabis law from baseline to post-training (AOR = 56.1, CI: 41.0–76.8) and 3 months post-PEP (AOR = 11.3, CI: 9.0–14.2). Conclusion and Scientific Significance: PEPs improve police knowledge of cannabis law. Reforms should be bundled with PEPs to improve policy implementation. (Am J Addict 2018;XX:XX–XX).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)608-611
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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