The ranks of ACPO, the secretive private firm set up by police bosses, are rapidly being depleted as a wave of corruption, malfeasance, peculation and improper conduct amongst the nation's top policemen and ACPO members is being exposed and the capi are resigning in droves. The latest Met helmet to roll is Asst Commissioner Ian McPherson; he joins Peter Clarke, Andy Hayman, Paul Stephenson and John Yates in jumping before he was pushed. In addition to its most senior uniformed plods, the Met has also seen its most senior civilian manager leave under a dark cloud. In Cleveland both the Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable have been arrested for corruption, and enquiries continue among other forces into their own bent bosses.
This is the same cohort of senior officers who protest so vehemently that the police are in no need of any democratic oversight, and that police bosses should remain unaccountable.