"The more I learn about the justification, implementation, and impact of American drug policy the more proud I am to be British and European."
Eddie Ellison spent his thirty-year police career almost entirely within the Criminal Investigation Department of London's Metropolitan Police; the majority of that time operating from New Scotland Yard.
He served three years on the Reserve Squad, known across the world as The Murder Squad, and seven years with Scotland Yard's Drug Squad, three as their Operational Chief. Early years were spent countering drug importations at London's Heathrow Airport, conducting undercover operations against major drug importers and distributors and leading detectives at the more challenging inner London Police Stations of Brixton and Paddington.
Ellison concluded his career as Detective Chief Superintendent, heading the Crime Policy Branch of Specialist Operations, a Department covering sections as diverse as the Robbery Squad, Royalty Protection, Special Branch, Fraud, Drugs and even the National Criminal Records Office and National Fingerprint Collection. He was attached to the working party of the Association of Chief Police Officers that established the National Criminal Intelligence Service and re-structured the Regional Crime Squads as a first step to the creation of the National Crime Squad.
Eddie's unequalled UK police experience in the field of drug control made clear the futility of relying on prohibition to lessen the effects of drug misuse, which he identified as a threat to society. On retirement, Eddie served as trustee on RELEASE, a national drug charity and became patron of TRANSFORM, a UK lobby group.
Eddie believes legalisation presents the best opportunity to reduce drug abuse and the crimes associated with drug prohibition. An international speaker, Ellison has been invited to lead debate at Rotary Clubs, Universities, National Party Political Conferences, national television network programs, and international drug policy conferences in the United States and Australia. Eddie was party to the production of the "Angel Declaration'; a forward looking document outlining the potential for legalisation, which was praised by the Home Affairs Select Committee reviewing the current UK drug policy.
Ellison recognises the international impact of United States drug policies are the major obstacle to Europe's evolution to a compassionate, supportive and educational approach. Eddie joined LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION, because he believes LEAP presents a logical, experienced, respected, yet critical, view of American drug policy. The more he learns about the justification, implementation and impact of American drug policy the more he feels proud to be British and European.