The war on drugs: a view from the trenches

Seton, Adam (2015) The war on drugs: a view from the trenches. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The 'war on drugs' has been raging for over a century, with no sign of a cease fire on the horizon. The criminal justice 'army' represent the vanguard in this combat, with police officers posted to the front line to do battle in the trenches. In a manner reminiscent of First World War Generals, politicians the world over order wave after wave of infantry assaults, seemingly unperturbed by the repeated lack of success – or so opponents of prohibition would argue. Despite being involved in the front line hand-to-hand combat of the war on drugs, for decades, the opinions of police officers in this field have been largely ignored by the academic literature to date. This study seeks to redress the balance, conducting primary research amongst serving police officers within the Metropolitan Police, collecting quantitative data by means of an online questionnaire to ascertain their opinions on current drugs legislation and policy.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 12:31
    Last Modified: 30 Jun 2015 12:31

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