Neil is a former undercover drugs operative, and Detective Sergeant.
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. 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. Neil has forfeited anonymity to fight against the 'war on drugs'.
"Woods’ new memoir Good Cop, Bad War argues that the way we fight the drugs war is worse than fruitless, it escalates the violence it is meant to prevent. He writes: “The police get smarter, so the criminals get nastier. Things can only ever go from bad to worse, from savagery to savagery.” The development of undercover policing made gangs become more violent to protect themselves. The competition to control an illegal market makes gangs compete to be the most intimidating."
- Jack Sommers (Huffington Post UK)
This initial foray is part of a wider effort to highlight the fallacies of law enforcement's attempt to control the illegal drug market. Woods and Rafaeli provide a thoughtful and compassionate insight into the world of undercover policing.
"Each chapter of Good Cop, Bar War builds Woods’ credibility as an expert on fighting the war on drugs and so when he comes to this conclusion, it is both a surprise and also thoroughly plausible. Woods did his time in the trenches and his book details it brilliantly, but one feels that the chapters to come are the ones he is most looking forward to writing."
- Alex Stewart (former Metropolitan Police officer, journalist and presenter of BBC's Thief Trackers)
Join the authors of this seminal to celebrate the release of Good Cop, Bad War in the lovely confines of Library in central London. Meet Neil Woods and JS Rafaeli, enjoy the refreshments and entertainment, and buy a signed copy of the book. Music on the night from Gus Robertson (Razorlight/The Great Brain Robbery) and Paul Hanford (Hoxton Radio).