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A study of drug law enforcement against a heroin & crack cocaine market

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Middlesex University London

The Burroughs

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Speaker: Dr Tim McSweeney Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology Middlesex University

Assessing the impact of a drug law enforcement operation against a heroin and crack cocaine market in England

Abstract: The government’s recent review of the 2010 drug strategy concluded that despite an annual spend of at least £1.6 billion, “there is a lack of high quality evidence to assess the impact of drug enforcement activities” (Home Office, 2017: 76). This seminar presents evidence from an independent evaluation on the impact of a large-scale drug law enforcement operation by one English police force using data relating to: over one million emergency (‘999’) and non-emergency (‘101’) calls for service; interviews with different stakeholders; and observations (of tasking and co-ordination meetings, pre and post-operation de-briefings, and warrants being executed).

Enquiries: Dr. Rachel Herring r.herring@mdx.ac.uk

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