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The Pre-Sentence Opportunity Program (POP) is an early intervention program to assist people who have drug use problems and are attending court.
Early or low-level offenders who plead guilty to an offence, and who would normally receive a fine or community-based order, are suitable for the program. Anybody who has reason to address the court about the offender's case can request the offender be referred to POP. However, referral to the program is at the magistrate's discretion.
If referred to the program, the offender's case will be remanded for approximately eight weeks so they can access treatment for their drug use. A Diversion Officer will coordinate the treatment process. Following treatment, the offender returns to court for sentencing.
Please contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Line or speak to the Drug Diversion Officer at your local magistrate's court for more information.
Abstract adapted from the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia
Alcohol and Drug Support Line
Ph: (08) 9442 5000 (metro)
Ph: 1800 198 024 (country)
Mental Health Commission (Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia)
Level 5, 81 St George's Terrace
Perth WA 6000
GPO Box X2299
Perth Business Centre WA 6847
Ph: (08) 6272 1200
Fax: (08) 6272 1299
The Pre-Sentence Opportunity Program (POP) is an early intervention program, run in Western Australia (WA), to assist people who have alcohol and other drug use problems and are attending court. A brochure and a poster containing information on POP, including getting a referral to participate in the program, can be accessed from the program information page below.
The resources, which include versions designed for an Aboriginal audience, were produced by the Drug and Alcohol Office of WA.
Abstract adapted from the Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia