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Table 1 Descriptive Characteristics of Municipal Police Officers in 24-month sample of SHIELD Cohort in Tijuana, Mexico (n = 305)

From: Municipal police support for harm reduction services in officer-led referrals of people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico

Police characteristics n/median %/IQR
Age (years) 38 33.0–43.0
# Years on Force 12 9.1–18.5
Gender
 Female 33 10.8
 Male 272 89.1
Rank
 Officer 255 86.1
 Supervisor/Deputy/Chief 50 16.4
Location
 High drug use district 77 25.3
 Low drug use district 228 74.7
Education
 < High School 56 18.4
 ≥ High School 249 81.6
Police Support for Harm Reduction Referral Service
Which service locations should be included in a police referral?
Addiction services
 “Yes” 270 88.5
 “No” 35 11.5
SSP
 “Yes” 161 52.8
 “No” 144 47.2
Police attitudes
My supervisor would commend me for referring PWID
 Agree 200 65.6
 Neutral/Disagree 105 34.4
If I wanted to refer PWID to a health program, I would know how
 Agree 282 92.4
 Neutral/Disagree 23 7.6
It is the role of police to refer PWID to health & social services
 Agree 252 82.6
 Neutral/Disagree 53 17.4
Likelihood that PWID will go to service location if referred
 Always 85 27.9
 Sometimes/Rarely/Never 220 72.1
Methadone maintenance programs help reduce criminal activity
 Agree 247 81.0
 Neutral/Disagree 58 19.0
Syringe exchange programs increase the risk of NSI among police
 Agree 148 48.5
 Neutral/Disagree 157 51.5
People addicted to drugs do not care about their health
 Agree 146 47.9
 Neutral/Disagree 159 52.1
Drug Addiction is a disease
 Agree 283 92.8
 Neutral/Disagree 22 7.2