The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) established in 2003, is the default mode of intervention and policing engagement with drug-using criminals in England and Wales. The aim of this article has been to explore the DIP from the perspective of improving policing interventions by identifying key issues for engagement. An exploratory study of policing experiences from three basic command units (BCUs) are examined within the Southern Policing region of the UK. A conceptual framework is developed by identifying key issues for effective engagement with the DIP. There is a strong contribution in terms of developing new insight about different experiences of policing and DIP interventions within the Southern UK Policing Region. It is hoped that this article will help form the basis for future case study work.