Stop And Search podcast presents Policing the Gangs: an open and shut case?
When: Tuesday 27th March, 6:45pm – 8:30pm
Where: Waterstones, 19-21 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 1BJ
Register (free of charge) to be a member of our live podcast audience: HERE
Stories of gangs grooming children to mule drugs and expand operations across ‘county lines’ fill our newspapers. With 70% of UK police forces reporting a significant increase in gang-related violence, we decided it was time for Stop And Search podcast to look more closely at the growing phenomenon to understand if all is as it seems. Is policing the gangs an open and shut case?
By now, unfortunately, most of us are familiar enough with the workings of a ‘county lines’ operation where gang leaders in major cities send younger gang members to a more rural location to sell drugs in a largely untapped market. This can often involve taking over the residence of a vulnerable person or problematic drug user as a local base of operations in a practice known as ‘cuckooing’. The mules and dealers, or even the cuckooed local, might be paid in cash or drugs but just as likely, they are working under threat of violence to themselves and their families. Meanwhile, senior gang members are far away, reaping the profits of increased business with no risk of getting caught. How do the police respond to this? Are our laws fit for purpose when the suspected criminal is also a victim?
Luckily, we don’t have to answer these questions alone. For our next live podcast recording on 27th March we will be joined by three guests who have experience and knowledge of life on the front line.
We have the great pleasure of welcoming Peter Bleksley, the Chief on Channel 4’s top rated show Hunted, author of The Gangbuster and On The Run, and a former Metropolitan Police Officer of some 21 years. Peter was a founding member of The Met’s SO10 covert unit where he worked undercover infiltrating gangs and organised crime groups with operations in the UK and across the globe.
Joining Peter from Channel 4’s Hunted series is his co-star and hunter in the field, Danni Brooke. Danni became an officer with the Metropolitan Police at 18 years old. She was quickly recognised for her aptitude and recruited to the force’s undercover unit where she spent the next decade working on high-risk operations against drug-gangs, prostitution and paedophile rings.
Rounding off our panel, we have Aaron Roach Bridgeman, producer and presenter of 8 Years Old and Smuggling Drugs. In this documentary, which aired on Channel 5 in January, Aaron gained access to every aspect of a ‘county lines’ network from recruiters to the ‘delivery boys’, as well as sitting in on a live police drugs raid. Aaron also met a parent who couldn’t understand how her son fell under the influence of a drugs-gang.
This live podcast recording will take place in London on Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 6:45pm – 8:30pm, at our favourite bookstore, Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. Registration to be in the audience for this fascinating event is free but places are limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.
You can register your seat in our podcast audience free of charge via Waterstones’ online event booking service, HERE.
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