With the current batch of arrests of serving and ex serving police officers under charges of corruption relating to the Leveson Inquiry and News International, it comes as little surprise to me to learn that in the last three years alone, 8300 allegations of corruption have been levelled at the Police in England and Wales.
It suprises me even less to find that a mere 13 officers have been charged and found guilty of corruption, forcing them to retire early on medical grounds with a full pension, before being rehired as an external consultant by the same force that “sacked” them in the first place.
As you can tell, I am no great friend of the boys in blue. I grew up in the 70’s, when the Metropolitan Police was the uniformed wing of the London Underworld and the CID acted as forward reconnaissance for every gangster planning a heist. It took Sir Robert Mark to risk his very existence to root out the bad apples at Scotland Yard, and the villas of the Costa del Sol stand testament to his good work in “retiring” those who forgot who were they sworn to serve in preference of those they were paid well to serve. Coupled with the cancer of Freemasonary, the Police became a power unto themselves and any attempts to bring them back into line was thwarted at every opportunity.
Naturally, every Home Secretary has sought either to rule the Police for their own personal Political agendas or destroy the Police for the very same reason. It is only to be expected that the Police have forgotten that we, the public, are their masters when everyone from the bearded loonies at the Grauniad Womens Socialist Collective to handle bar moustached Patriots at UKIP attempts to claim ownership.
If we are going to be free of a corrupt and politicised Police force, we are going to have to fundamentally rethink what we want the Police to do for us (and not for Parliament) and how we are going to achieve it. Remember, back in the 50’s, there were 800,000 crimes a year and a prison population of 20,000. Last year, there was 8 MILLION crimes and we now incarcerate 85,000 people. Something has failed badly and whilst it is tempting to blame the creaking criminal justice system, let us remember the most important of the rules of a Peelian Police service
The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it
Give us, the people, the control over our own Police and you will see an end to lanky streaks of piss, dressed up as PCSO’s, being laughed at by feral scotes. You will see an end to swathes of CCTV cameras and doughnut munching thugs sitting in souped up Subarus waiting to extract “revenue” from punters for the heinous crime of doing 33mph on an empty road at 3am. Give us back our police, abolish ACPO (Ltd) and demand they do the job they swore to do. Protect US from harm and prevent crime. Sod the targets, sod the clear up rates, I want those who repeatedly and persistently make my life more insecure or threaten to harm me or my property to feel the heat of a Police force, not a Policing “service” that serves every vested interest except the ones who will be paying their bloated pensions.
For civil servants, our Police Forces are indulging in some very uncivilised behaviour – it’s time to remind them to stop biting the hand that feeds them.