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SUZANNE SHARKEY
Vice-Chair at LEAP

Suzanne is vice-chair and spokesperson for LEAP UK -Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. LEAP is a non-profit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies and raise awareness to the failed, dangerous and expensive pursuit of a punitive policy. LEAP advocates reform and an evidence based policy with a public health focus including decriminalisation and nuanced regulatory models for all drugs. Suzanne was a Police Officer for 5 years working in specialised crime unit and as an undercover drugs buyer. She is also in long term recovery from problematic substance misuse. Her testimony has been published in the latest Global Commission report on drug policy 2016.

ABSTRACT

“It was never about the drugs”
As a serving police officer enforcing drug laws, did I make a difference?  As a person in long term recovery does it matter?  The drug laws were supposed to eliminate the supply and demand, creating a safer drug free world.  How has the police force adapted in the past 50 years, what has actually happened and what can we do about it?