Corrupt Police

policeThere is little more undermining of our way of life in this country than the notion of corrupt policemen. We put our trust in what we believe to be an honest, protective institution which is there when we need it. There have been a lot of reports recently about corrupt police which is not necessarily indicative of an increase in corruption, but perhaps the result a great publicity of the problem when it surfaces. During the course of my career I met and worked with many policemen and women and without exception believed them to be honest and hardworking. It is not a job that I would care to do and I have felt increasingly concerned over the way the organisation and management was conducted in full public view where adherence to political correctness was an operational necessity and therefore at times, a constraint.

It was with great interest that I read an article this week following the return to jail of Ali Dizaei.  A totally corrupt and very dangerous individual and, as a very high ranking police officer in the Met, a powerful one. Dizaei played the race card throughout his career and found that there were few that were prepared to stand in his way within the organisation. Indeed it was quite the opposite. Management pandered to his every ambition allowing him to rise rapidly through the ranks. The Met had several opportunities to rid themselves of his services following clear breaches of conduct which, I understand, would have stood up at a disciplinary panel. I would like to think that in such a position I would have had the back-bone to stand up for what I believe to be right and that I would have dealt with matters without fear or favour. That is, I know, easier to say than do but the consequences of not doing so can lead to power being handed all too easily to those that will abuse it. The consequences of that include the drop in morale that must occur amongst the workforce who have observed the injustice of inappropriate rewards handed to the grossly undeserving. I can only assume that the  news that Dazaei has returned to prison has been met with wide rejoicing at the Met. I just hope that the new Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has greater skill and more backbone than his predecessors.

  • Graeme Harvey

    Posted at 2012-02-18 17:34:01

    I am sure the new Commissioner will be hide bound by all the political constraints extant these days. If he has been to Bramshill Police College then he has probably had the spine removal operation that seemed to occurr with monotonous regularity as far as us lowly beat cops were concerned. I was in the job for sixteen years, I took an oath on joining and, like the majority of my colleagues, stuck to it. I always dealt with matters without fear or favour and was complained about on occasions because I would not take sides. Sadly I have seen many instances of corruption within the Police and also within other public offices including the Civil Service, in particular HMRC.
    There will always be opportunists who try to climb the ladders of success by fair means or foul. To paraphrase Einstein "Evil is not committed by bad men but by good men who sit and do or say nothing".
    I could tell many tales but will keep them for one of my books. Fortunately for me most of the people involved are now dead so I have little fear of being sued. All that I will write is already in the public domain.
    Not that sure about the plan to have elected Commissioners for the Police Service, just seems to me to be another opportunity for major corruption.

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