Thursday, 4 August 2011

ACPO police bosses arrests

ACPO members Sean Price and Derek Bonnard, Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland, have been arrested after an investigation into endemic and widespread financial corruption at the most senior levels of the force. This, I suspect, is just the tip of the iceberg nationally. Ever since the 1964 Police Act, which not only abolished local police forces but severely constrained oversight and scrutiny of police bosses, this class of 'untouchables' has grown in the chutzpah with which they flaunt an institutionalised corruption. 

If the Chief Executive of Suffolk Council takes industry freebies, flights to Florida, junkets and gifts as well as racking up charges to the ratepayer for toenail manicures, chauffeured cars and the rest, they will be held to account. Eventually. It may take some time, but with FOI and a single determined local journalist, the truth will out. But whilst our concentration has been on corrupt politicians and civil servants, police bosses have so far escaped the depth of scrutiny that has been turned on the others. All this is now changing. Peter Clarke, Andy Hayman, Paul Stephenson and John Yates' resignations for corruption, and the arrests of Price and Bonnard, are just the start.   

Police bosses must now be prepared for every pay-off, gift, inducement or reward from business or the media, every freebie from Serco or G4S, or even their US or EU counterparts, every 'free' Gourmet dinner paid for by criminals, every favour done for friends or family in perversion of the course of Justice, every publicly owned asset including information that has been sold for private gain and every 'free' villa, hire car and flight to come out into the cold light of day. 

No wonder they want to create a national police force free of democratic control and scrutiny - the bent buggers have been on a roll. Well, their day is coming.  


Anonymous said...

"their day is coming."

And not before time, the police are no longer 'ours', they work for themselves, their own aggrandisement first and then they enforce government diktats.
Solving crime is well down the list - if indeed it still is on the list of 'to do'.

Anonymous said...

It's all coming to the surface now, isn't it.

All that "leaders of tomorrow" and "leading beyond authority" - it went to their heads I think.

I wonder what Jack Regan of the sweeney would have to say about "manicures"

Greg Tingey said...

And all the way down to corrupt Inspectors taking the local gangsters' money, and letting the murderers of Steven Lawrence go, huh?

Nothing to do with "institutional racism" and a lot to do with money and bent coppers.

Very interesting.

Anonymous said...

"You're gonna need a bigger boat"

Anonymous said...

Now's the time to root out the 1000+ serving policemen that have criminal records, ranging from GBH to theft.

Blue Eyes said...

All this, plus the bleating about reform to the luxurious pensions is rapidly wearing down my usual "pro police" stance.

One thing which has not changed is my view that policing should go back to being ultra-local. Ward by ward.

Ian Blair was quite clever by introducing ward teams (SNTs) because this gave the appearance of localism without actually changing a damned thing! He wasn't stupid, at least.

Anonymous said...

ACPOs accounts are listed at Companies House. The4y make interesting reading.

Edward Spalton said...

Just a word of caution about the good old days.

It was before my time but I had very credible information from my father and others that, during war time and the following austerity, the Chief Constable of our County Borough force was less than zealous in pursuing black marketeers and those providing "off ration" meat, butter, eggs etc. There was all the force of wartime censorship and defence regulations to keep it quiet. Tip-offs were given to unofficial slaughterhouses before the enforcement officers from the Ministry of Food arrived with the police and so on.

The atmosphere of some of the "Foyle's War" series chimed very well with what I had been told fifty years before.

Few of those involved will be left alive but I will name no names!
And, of course, what I have is all hearsay.

bwims said...

Dream on. You need uncorrupted politicians to deal with corrupted policemen.

Anonymous said...

When Globalisation collapses and the first soup kitchens start to open around the country maybe then is the point people start to feel like some Tottenham residents.