Law Enforcement Stand with Communities for Drug Policy Reform… Ask Us Why

Police, undercover operatives, intelligence service, military and a range of figures from the criminal justice system are joining together with civilians to raise awareness to the failed, dangerous and expensive pursuit of a punitive drug policy.

Our mission at LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition. We advocate reform and an evidence based policy with a public health focus including decriminalisation and nuanced regulatory models for all drugs.

Our main goals at LEAP are:

To educate the public, the media and policy makers to the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition.

To restore the public’s respect for law enforcement, which has been greatly diminished by its involvement in imposing drug prohibition.

LEAP UK’s main strategy for accomplishing these goals is to create a constantly enlarging speakers bureau, staffed with knowledgeable and articulate former “drug-warriors” who describe the impact of current drug policies on: police/community relations; the safety of law enforcement officers and suspects; police corruption and misconduct; and the financial and human costs associated with current drug policies.

Our expert speakers are available for lectures and media events. Contact us for more information.

Meet Our Team

The Board:

Neil Woods – Former Undercover Drugs Detective Sergeant, Chairman LEAP UK
Jason Reed – Civilian, Writer and Producer, Executive Director LEAP UK
Annie Machon – Former MI5, European Director of LEAP
Diane Goldstein – U.S. Lieutenant Commander, LEAP Executive Board Member
Beccy Gardham – LEAP UK Secretary
Suzanne Sharkey – Former Constable and Undercover Operative Northumbria Constabulary

The Team:

Nicholas Elson – Producer, Stop and Search Podcast
Carole Hughes – Coordinator, Scotland
Deej Sullivan – Policy & Communications Officer
Kaya Suleyman – Research & Technical Officer

Honorary Role – LEAP UK Ambassador:

Rufus HoundActor, Comedian

LEAP UK Speakers

Neil Woods – Former Undercover Drugs Detective Sergeant, Chairman LEAP UK
Jason Reed – Civilian, Writer and Producer, Executive Director LEAP UK
Suzanne Sharkey – Former Constable and Undercover Operative Northumbria Constabulary
James Duffy – Police Inspector (ret.) and former Chair of Strathclyde Police Federation
Patrick Hennessey – Former British Army Officer Grenadier Guards serving in Afghanistan. Barrister/Author
Paul Whitehouse – Chief Constable (ret.)
Francis Wilkinson – Chief Constable (ret.)

Members:

Carel Edwards – Former EU ‘Drug Czar’ – EU Commission’s Drug Policy Unit from 2003 to 2010
Alison Gostowski – Former Constable Derbyshire Constabulary
Ben Griffin – Former British Army, SAS
Eric Osborne – Former Constable, British Transport Police
Christopher Scott – Former Operational Support Officer, Prison Service
Graham Seaby, LLB., M.Pil – Detective Superintendent at New Scotland Yard (ret.)
Roger Shrubb – Royal Navy Officer (ret.), Former Magistrate