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Good Cop, Bad War

Good Cop, Bad War

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I was now discovering that, like every war, the people who suffered most weren’t the combatants, but the civilians caught in the crossfire. Neil has a good story to tell and paints a dark picture of what it is like to step into the shoes of addicts who are treated badly by both dealers and police forces who see them as criminals.

Addicts and users also risk becoming criminalised instead of getting the help and support they need to lead useful and productive lives. They receive massive logistical support, with forged documents at the ready to corroborate their cover identities, and the most state-of-the-art espionage equipment available. Despite the seriousness of the story, there are some humorous passages that will mitigate the heartache you can feel toward some of the individuals described. This book started off with great promise, getting to read about Neil’s life going from standard cop to undercover and all that entails. Suffice to say, some very nasty individuals are drawn to the enormous profits from drug dealing and trying to catch them is therefore very dangerous.S. criminals fighting in Iraq for a decade first believed it would be easy, like Putin rightly said "it should have been done carefully from inside, not carelessly from outside". Needless to say his marriage had no chance and he could never have a working relationship with his police colleagues. With the insight that can only come from having fought on its front lines, Neil came to see the true futility of the War on Drugs – that it demonises those who need help, and only empowers the very worst elements in society.

Once drugs are decriminalized everything can change for the better, especially if help is offered in place of persecution. There’s a moment in this book, after taking down a particularly nasty gang, a superior congratulations him on “Disrupting the drug flow into this city.But throughout this book, Woods details how, as policing advances, so do Organised Crime Gangs; his work, and the work of undercover drugs agents, has only served to make criminal gangs smarter, harder and more professional. Neil Woods spent fourteen years (1993-2007) infiltrating drug gangs as an undercover policeman, befriending and gaining the trust of some of the most violent, unpredictable criminals in Britain. Exceptionally well written with a subject matter so many of us encounter or have a predisposed opinion of, without having actually experienced it first-hand, nor attempted to grasp an opinion outside that of usual public perception. Admittedly, this is not my usual Saturday night read, but this was recommended by a colleague and I found I really enjoyed it. At some point they will wire up their agent so he can record some transaction, thus implicating the dealers.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The no-hoper junkies were getting the same length of prison sentences as the vicious murdering dealers. To be clear, Neil doesn’t argue for simple legalisation, he doesn’t want to see crack and heroin sold in Tesco’s. He may well be right as it's the only one I have read, but it is a deeply disturbing insight into the murky world of drugs in this country.To summarize what I want to say, it's your fucking "war on drugs" that created the mobs, idiot, exactly like your idiotic wars in Iraq, Chechnya, etc. Then after some time, they ask the small street addicts to introduce them to their dealers - the people with the real power, who are making money from drugs. These guys will spend months working in an area, just so their faces have been seen and their backstory carries more weight.

He's what every officer should aspire to, an awareness of his duty, his goal, and the effects of his actions. Neil is the chairman of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), a pro-legalisation advocacy group formed exclusively of ex-law enforcement officials, and he also starred on Channel 4’s Drugs Live . As an undercover police officer with the drugs squad Neil Woods regularly risked his life on the streets dealing with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain. Neil Woods spent fourteen years (1993-2007) infiltrating drug gangs as an undercover police officer – befriending and gaining the trust of some of the most violent, unpredictable criminals in Britain.He is clearly a very smart guy and I would consider this a very important piece of literature on moving forward with our countrys archaic understanding of the drug laws. The final chapter setting out how this 'war' could be won - by not waging war at all - should be compulsory reading for the idiots who persist in fighting it. The book is written with sensitivity towards drug users and explores the way the war on drugs results in lots of collateral damage. I have read enough narco books and educated myself to know that this ‘War on Drugs’ is a total sham. Drawing on Neil’s experiences, with the insight that can only come from having fought on the front lines, GOOD COP, BAD WAR is at once a narrative-driven true crime read and a fascinating story of a character under pressure.



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