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 Action Partnership) is to reduce the multitude of harmful consequences resulting from our current drug policies and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction. We’re advocates for evidence based policies with a public health focus for drugs and mental health.

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

LEAP UK Members

Nicholas CastleFormer Constable and Undercover Operative, Lancashire Police
James DuffyPolice Inspector (ret.) and former Chair of Strathclyde Police Federation
Carel Edwards Former EU ‘Drug Czar’ – EU Commission’s Drug Policy Unit from 2003 to 2010
Lord Charlie Falconer Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, 2003 – 2007. Secretary of State for Justice, 2007
Bill Fiddy
Royal Air Force from 1971 – 1979, PC Derbyshire Police
Alison GostkowskiFormer Constable Derbyshire Constabulary
Ben GriffinFormer British Army, SAS
Ann GriffithDeputy Police and Crime Commissioner, North Wales
Patrick HennesseyFormer British Army Officer Grenadier Guards serving in Afghanistan. Barrister/Author
Ron Hogg Police and Crime Commissioner, Durham
Mick Humphreys
Officer, Royal Navy (1960 – 1993). Member of Anyone’s Child
Arfon JonesPolice and Crime Commissioner, North Wales
James JosephFormer Drugs Unit Constable, Undercover Operative, author of A Beautiful Bag of Fish
Debbie KingDetective Inspector, Derbyshire Police (ret.)
Annie MachonFormer MI5 Officer
Dave MansonConstable, West Yorkshire Police, 2005-2015
Frank MatthewsFormer Covert New Scotland Yard Detective Sergeant. Drugs, Homicide & Witness Protection
Simon McLeanDetective, Serious Crime/Drugs/Surveillance Squads and Units, Strathclyde police
Eric OsborneFormer Constable, British Transport Police
Lord Brian PaddickMetropolitan Police Service, 1976-2007. Commander Lambeth 2001-2002
Chris PalingFormer Royal Navy Signalman, Harm Reduction Worker
Norman PilcherFlying Squad and Drugs Squad, Detective Sergeant – AKA The Walrus
Christopher ScottFormer Operational Support Officer, Prison Service
Graham Seaby, LLB., M.Pil – Detective Superintendent at New Scotland Yard (ret.)
Suzanne SharkeyFormer Constable and Undercover Operative Northumbria Constabulary
Roger ShrubbRoyal Navy Officer (ret.), Former Magistrate
Andrew WardFormer Constable and Undercover Operative, South Yorkshire Police
Paul WhitehouseChief Constable (ret.)
Francis WilkinsonChief Constable (ret.)
Neil WoodsFormer Undercover Drugs Detective Sergeant

The Board

Diane GoldsteinU.S. Lieutenant Commander, LEAP Executive Board Member
Annie MachonFormer MI5, Intelligence Officer
Beccy RawnsleyLEAP UK Secretary and Research Coordinator 
Jason ReedCo-Executive Director LEAP UK, Host of Stop and Search Podcast
Suzanne SharkeyCo-Executive Director LEAP UKFormer Constable, Undercover Operative, 
Neil WoodsFormer Undercover Drugs Detective Sergeant, Author: Good Cop, Bad War & Drug Wars

The Team

Sophie FlintMedia Relations Officer
Carole HughesSpeaker Coordinator, Scotland
Kaya SuleymanTechnical Consultant
Deej SullivanPolicy Advisory 
Tristan BruceAssociate Producer of the Stop and Search Podcast
Nicholas ElsonExecutive Producer of the Stop and Search Podcast

Honorary Members and Ambassadors

Rufus HoundActor, Comedian
Tim LovejoyTelevision Presenter
Scroobius PipActor, Rapper, Podcaster
Hope HumphreysMember of Anyone’s Child