25 Jan Complaint Against Bath Police Officer, PC Adge Secker.

PC Adge SeckerPC Adge Secker

On Friday last week, the Bath Chronicle published an article by Bath beat officer PC Adge Secker which breaks new records in exaggeration, sensationalism and misleading the public about cannabis.

Read the article here

As can be seen in this photograph taken from his Twitter feed, PC Secker is fond of publicity and likes to brag and make a name for himself.  In this instance though he has gone too far.  His misinformation and politicking clearly amount to misconduct and a formal complaint has been submitted to the Professional Standards department of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Dear Sirs,

I wish to make a complaint against PC Adge Secker, a Bath police officer.

I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the president of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform of Kemp House, 152 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX. For the purposes of correspondence, please contact me via email.

PC Adge Secker has been in engaging in politics by publishing an article in the Bath Chronicle about cannabis which amounts to politicking, propaganda and misleading the public. The article can be seen at this link: http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/…/story-28586313-…/story.html

Police officers are specifically prohibited from engaging in politics by schedule 1 of the Police Regulations 2003 which states:

“A member of a police force shall at all times abstain from any activity which is likely to interfere with the impartial discharge of his duties or which is likely to give rise to the impression amongst members of the public that it may so interfere; and in particular a member of a police force shall not take any active part in politics.”

I am a victim of misconduct by Secker which has caused me distress at his misuse of his office to promote myth, prejudice and propaganda about cannabis and hatred of cannabis users as a social group. I am also acting on behalf of more than half a million registered supporters of CLEAR who are victims of Secker’s misconduct for the same reasons, particularly those who need cannabis as medicine for the treatment of conditions such as MS, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, spinal injury, epilepsy and chronic pain.

The article is full of exaggeration, falsehood and distortion. It attempts to blame cannabis for a host of problems which are in fact caused not by cannabis itself but by enforcement of the law against it. I recognise that cannabis is a controversial subject and people will hold different opinions but it is wholly wrong and unprofessional for any police officer to engage in this political debate and amounts to misconduct.

1. It is false and a wild exaggeration to claim “On average a mature female plant could potentially yield the grower £1,000.”. This suggests firstly that all cannabis is grown for sale when in fact the majority is grown for personal consumption. Secondly, at an average street price of £10 per gram, this suggests a yield of 100 grams per plant which is ridiculous. An expert grower might in rare circumstances achieve half this quantity on a few exceptional plants.

2. “It’s human trafficking. It’s modern slavery. It’s intimidation. It’s organised crime. It’s a huge risk to the community.” These problems only arise because of enforcement of the law against cannabis. None of these problems exist in enlightened, progressive jurisdictions where cannabis cultivation is regulated and controlled.

3. Violence, theft of electricity, risks of electrocution and fire also only arise because of enforcement of the law against cannabis. The same problems would also exist if growing basil or oregano was prohibited as the demand would still exist but consumers would be driven underground into the hands of criminals. These problems are not about cannabis but about prohibition.

4. The claims that “kids as young as 10 get hooked” and “overuse of the stuff causes psychotic episodes so terrible that people throw themselves off buildings” are false, irresponsible, sensationalist nonsense. The fact is that cannabis dependency occurs at a slightly lower rate than dependency on coffee. There is no evidence of a causal link between cannabis use and psychosis and correlation between cannabis and psychosis is lower than with cigarette smoking. It is outrageous that a police officer should deliberately set out to cause alarm with such ludicrous hyperbole.

I would be grateful if you would deal with this complaint at your earliest convenience. I shall be happy to provide any further information required or to give oral evidence in support.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Reynolds