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A whole rotten barrel of cops

Issue No. 2396

Met chief Bernard Hogan-Howe

Met chief Bernard Hogan-Howe (Pic: Policy Exchange)


The crisis over police corruption won’t go away. Revelations that a lorry-load of secret files detailing corruption was shredded have kept police chiefs in the spotlight. Former Met commissioners Lord Stevens and Lord Blair have been asked by the Home Affairs Select Committee how much they knew about the shredding.

And this week Britain’s most senior policeman, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, will face allegations that a 2012 probe into allegations of corruption was a whitewash. The committee will question Hogan-Howe about why the Met dismissed claims that a former detective may have shielded the killers of Stephen Lawrence.

The Met investigation said there was no evidence of corruption. Yet the Ellison report published earlier this month found that important documents relating to the Operation Othona anti?corruption drive in the 1990s had been destroyed.

Each week seems to bring fresh scandal for the cops. 

And they must be worried that it isn’t just the left that is focusing on them. The right wing Daily Mail newspaper is also now looking into allegations of corruption. 

This is not a matter of isolated corruption allegations within an otherwise healthy police force. The crisis keeps resurfacing because the rot runs right through the whole force and the British establishment.


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What We Think
Tue 25 Mar 2014, 17:43 GMT
Issue No. 2396
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