Brockley drugs raids produce 92% hit rate

In the last year, the Brockley Safer Neighbourhood Team has adopted a more aggressive approach towards policing drugs in the area, conducting twelve raids on homes and businesses in the last 6 months alone.

The policy prompted Lewisham Councillor Duwayne Brooks to enquire how many of these raids produced negative searches, with no drugs being discovered on the premises. Cllr Brooks was concerned that "poorly gathered intelligence, which is then acted upon and proves negative can bring discontent. There is a perceived high number of negative searches."

Lewisham police have now confirmed that of those 12 warrants executed in the last six months by Brockley SNT, 11 resulted in drugs being found, which is presumably a hit-rate to satisfy most people worried about police acting on bad intelligence.

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Duwayne Brooks is a coucillor for Downham not Brockley so I don't know why he keeps focusing his attention on policing in this area.

I think most people feel the policing in Brockley has improved signifcantly since the appointment of Seargent Biddle to head up the SNT and the tougher approach this has resulted in.

Daniel Stauber said...

Only a PR person would change 11 out of 12 to 92%. Kudos to you, though. It worked.

Monkeyboy said...

Quiet, it's 91.66666.....% thank god for some rigour.

Brockley Nick said...

Eh? It's just maths. Unless you really are objecting to me rounding up by 0.33333r? And what "worked"?

Max Calò said...

Wierd post and some wierd comments here. I can add my own wierd one.
If Cllr Duwayne Brooks is told by residents that they think the police is being less than rigorous in its actions then he's right if not even duty-bound to make enquiries. It follows that people with an agenda will be carping about it. It's inevitable in public life.

anonymous said...

Good to see them checking tax discs this morning

Anonymous said...

 Good one, but complete rubbish

Max Calò said...

In those terms it's not true, but if one narrows down the sample by demographics it's not difficult to find a house to go to with a sniffer dog and get a "result" like a couple of joints in someone's trousers.

  

ElloEllo said...

Statistics are always open to interpretation, but I am sure the Old Bill are quite well aware of who is who in Brockleys underworld.  It is good to see them feeling a few collars every now and then to keep it in check.  Those of us who have lived through the bad times in Brockley, know how serious it can get. 

Max Calò said...

I hope you're right.

heather harvey said...

But does anyone know what all the sirens activity was on sunday evening - masses of sirens for about 3 hours early sunday evening?

guest said...

we had a police raid the other morning, for drugs, of which of course there were none! 12 police officers turned up, looked around and left. i left an hour later and they were still hanging around outside waiting for sandwiches at the bakery. excellent use of police funds! but i find it hard to believe we were the only place raided where they found nothing? i'd be very interested to find out if the raid on our flat was recorded. 

Daniel Stauber said...

% should start with 100 instances... it "worked" because I clicked through.

Brockley Nick said...

"Lang and Secic
(2006): When the sample size is greater
than 100, report percentages to no more than
one decimal place.  When sample size is
less than 100, report percentages in
whole numbers.  When sample size is less
than, say, 20, consider reporting the
actual numbers rather than percentages.”

I considered it but on the basis that "eleven out of twelve" is rather clunky in a headline or a tweet., chose to go with percentage in those case, giving the actual numbers in the actual article. It doesn't misrepresent the data.

anonymous said...

Meanwhile, there was another burglary in Tyrwhitt this afternoon. In my self-absorbed way I think the increase in burglaries is more important.

anonymous said...

 I saw 2 PCSOs checking every car for tax discs this lunchtime, outside the house which was later burgled. If police patrolled singly there'd be twice as many on the streets because they wouldn't be able to chat to each other about last night's TV.

anonymous said...

 Sorry to prick your balloon, the bad times are very much back if you live in Tyrwhitt.

Anonymous said...

Knock on almost any door in Brockley and you'd find some recreational fare inside.

Let's go after real crime - not dealers or users.

Anon said...

"Let's go after real crime - not dealers or users."

Like the drugs cartels in South America that conduct mass murders to force local inhabitatents to play ball?

Or in this borough the gangs of people who 'protect their turf' ie market share by killing others, and if an innocent member of the public gets caught in the crossfire or are mistakenly killed, I guess in your mind it's just one of those things the public need to get used to.

terrencetrentderby said...

"Luckily, the amount of heroin I use is harmless, I inject about once a month on a purely recreational basis. Fine. But what about other people less stable, less educated, less middle-class than me? Builders or blacks for example. If you're one of those, my advice is leave well alone. Good luck."

Anon said...

dealers are real criminals and often the tip of the iceberg of organized crime and drug abusers often resource to theft to pay for their addictions... well done to the Police

Max Calò said...

Nick, I am curious, where did you source this news from?

rationalplan said...

Seems to have upset the drug using community then! Imagine poor old drug dealers being arrested for having drugs. Where's the justice in that! Seems the councilor knows what side his bread is butter and it's not the polices. 

I wonder how here have ethical shopping policies but strangely have non when it comes to drugs.  Tesco's boo legal businesses with there superior business practices, while the drugs trade hooray, death and destruction on a continental scale, some governments on the brink of collapse.  Oh well, I wonder if the cocaine they use is certified organic?

Brockley Nick said...

It was an exchange on twitter between the two named sources.

Max Calò said...

Yes Rationalplan, your comment is exactly what I meant with carping.

Everyone's happy if the police arrests drug dealers but here it is about homes raided and a Councillor making the enquiries he is entirely entitled to do on behalf of people that may be caught in the middle.

Cllr Duwayne Brooks of all the councillors has a unique first hand experience of the police getting it wrong and making a mess of someone's life and if I was on the receiving hand of something like that I'd go to him for advice. It follows that his job has a strong focus on these matters. It follows that people like you then make comments like the one you just posted.

And BTW, there is a big history of police acting tough and achieving nothing and even being counterproductive. We do need people checking and questioning what the police does.

Max Calò said...

Thanks.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, indeed, it's a legitimate and important question. Which is why I thought it was worth covering. But even if you're a little cynical about police figures, that is a decent hit rate. 

Max Calò said...

Yes it surely looks like, but on the other hand if you search the accommodation of someone with a drug habit you're bound to find something so I'm not sure what this figure says.

Brockley Nick said...

It says, at the very least, that they are targeting people with drug habits, rather than randoms. In other words, this is not another Stop And Search issue.

Max Calò said...

Yes, at the very least and at the very most. And with one exception.
I have not said it's excessive or heavy handed, this data in itself doesn't say enough. I hope they targeted people involved in drug dealing, and if so, well done.
Also well done to Cllr Duwayne Brooks for not shying away from representing those that feel unjustly targeted. 

thomasbandit said...

"Or in this borough the gangs of people who 'protect their turf' ie
market share by killing others, and if an innocent member of the public
gets caught in the crossfire or are mistakenly killed, I guess in your
mind it's just one of those things the public need to get used to."

What utter rubbish. Do you think you live in Baltimore or something?

NAT said...

@thomasbandit, www.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7400777.stm

Hmm said...

One unfortunate incident that makes Nick's 92% statistic look well researched.

The simple fact is that most drugs sold in the UK are grown in the UK and sold to friends or on the street. The chain ends with 1-2 people max.

For your average import stuff, the whole business is a lot cleaner nowadays and very little trouble becomes of them.... it's not in their interest.

Anon said...

Absolute tosh...an government report not for public consumption came up with the following....

....drug use was responsible for the great majority of crime, including 85% for shoplifting, 70-80% of burglaries and 54% of robberies. "The cost of crime committed to support illegal cocaine and heroin habits amounts to £16 billion a year in the UK"

To believe a drug baron or cartel is going to calmly sit back and award a rival with a 'well done' and a smile, indicates drug befuddled mind?

Pub hours were liberalised to allow for civilised drinking, but look what happened many town centres became violent no go areas as mainly young people merely increased their drinking to excessive levels.

Brits have shown they aren't civilised enough to handle drink let alone drugs. 
 

Anon said...

Here's an image of a letter written by the Vicar of Lewisham to The Times in 1983. Of course, things have changed.

Peeep peeeeeeep said...

Of course.

NAT said...

Where was the dog whistle?, I missed it.
You seem to be more attuned.....

Leprecorn55 said...

Anonymous "The simple fact is . . . " 
& ". . . import . . . business is a lot cleaner nowadays"

These are not facts, nor are they simple. 

Anonymous said...

Nor it is a fact that drugs are bad as postulated by the Daily Mail, but we seem to base our approach on it both as a legal system and in an ingrained fashion on blog posts like these.

Brockley Nick said...

Where does this blog post say drugs are bad?

Brockley Nick said...

When I said "you", I meant "one".

And yes, it's quite right that Cllr Brooks should ask the question. Although I'm not sure how brave it is to ask such questions. The police are always an easy target.

Max Calò said...

No problem at all about the you/one.
Re questioning the police it's not that the police is hard to question, it's that elected people, and Cllr Brooks especially, are critizised for doing so by opponents (and carpers). The accusation of being soft on crime is a perennial one.

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