There 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.