Francis Wilkinson – ‘Policing in a Post Prohibition World’
This talk was filmed at Know Drugs and Open Democracy’s Envisioning a Post Prohibition World conference.
Francis Wilkinson is a retired Chief Constable. He held nine different police ranks in England during his 30 year career, ending as chief constable of Gwent, responsible for 1,700 personnel. He joined law enforcement because he wanted to make an active, real difference in the world, but at every level of policing he gained an increasing understanding of the failure of the ‘war on drugs’ he was charged by statute to enforce.
He came to see that legalisation is the most viable option for dealing with drugs – even the ones he feels cause real damage, such as heroin. ”The more I understood about the social harms of Prohibition, the more I favoured regulated supply.” Since retirement from the police Francis has practised as a barrister.