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Police corruption driven by CPS and ministers

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Can we trust them?

Recent revelations regarding the murder 20 years ago of Stephen Lawrence have demonstrated further police corruption at the highest level, adding to the long list of dishonest activities by police officers who are supposedly there to uphold the law.

However, the reason for so much police corruption can be laid directly at the door of 10 Downing Street and government ministers who do not care about justice and are only interested in pursuing their own political ideals.

Theresa May and her posse of ministers, notably the policing minister, Damian Green have all said that they believe, “… The majority of police officers across the UK to a good job, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances.”

The personal experiences of individuals however tell a different story. Whatever ministers may believe, it is becoming increasingly apparent to TheOpinionSite.org and other interested organisations that an increasing number of the general public now distrust the police almost as a matter of course.

Given Hillsborough, the phone hacking scandal, Plebgate and numerous other incidences in which police officers have found to be lying (including cheating and misinforming those suspected of offences), one would be forgiven for believing that actually most police officers in Britain today are only interested in their own well-being.

A cynic might say that the need for career advancement and the power that their position gives them over their fellow citizens is almost bound to create the opportunity for police officers to become corrupt, should they wish to misuse their power and position.

Actually, one reason why so many police officers, many of whom go into the service with good intentions, give in to weakness and end up being nothing more than liars in uniform, has nothing to do with intended abuse of power or self-interest.

TheOpinionSite.org believes that one of the principal reasons for the inherent dishonesty that is now so prevalent in Britain’s police officers (not just in the Metropolitan Police but also in forces such as Cleveland – and there are plenty of others) is the fact that the police have become too involved in the prosecutorial process.

Although technically it is the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that is responsible for bringing forward prosecutions, it is the police who gather the evidence.

In today’s Britain, the police no longer gather evidence fairly.

Police frequently fail to disclose to defence counsel (as the Law requires them to do) evidence that could damage the prosecution case; hardly surprising given that it is the investigating officer in the case who is usually responsible for such disclosure being made.

Detectives, having decided that the suspect must be guilty (which is not the job of the police) often misinform, bluff and mislead suspects during interviews in the hope that the suspect will incriminate themselves.

Worst of all, investigating officers frequently only look for evidence that will support the prosecution case, rather than looking for evidence on an impartial basis, which is what they are supposed to do.

For those who missed it, the new Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, recently made the comment that, “If we took to court only cases where, on the papers, we were certain of a conviction, we would rightly be accused of being over-cautious.”

That statement from the DPP goes completely against the principle of the Code for Crown Prosecutors which lays down strict guidelines on when a case should or should not go forward.

The purpose of the Code however is clear:

If, on the papers, the evidential and public interest tests are not met, the case should not proceed, regardless of what the public or politicians might think.

In the case of high-profile and often sensitive cases however, the only statement that we ever hear from the collective mouth of the CPS is, “Having examined the evidence, we are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support the realistic prospect of a conviction and that it is in the public interest to proceed with the case.”

What this actually means is that regardless of the fact that there is often no corroborative evidence available, or the fact that the alleged offences may have supposedly taken place half a century ago and regardless of the fact that witness statements based on memory are unreliable at the best of times, the case will still be allowed to proceed if it is politically expedient to do so.

Where does such a policy leave a bunch of policemen anxious to advance their careers?

Given that in such cases there is so little real evidence available, it is hardly surprising that the police are encouraged by the CPS – albeit unofficially – to agree to search out only evidence supportive to the prosecution and to do so by any means possible.

TheOpinionSite.org would suggest that this sad state of affairs has been brought about by the intense politicisation of criminal justice matters over the last 20 years or so.

In Britain, unlike the rest of Europe, it has always been the case that criminal justice is inexorably connected with politics, every successive government wanting to be seen to be tougher on crime than the last.

The new mantra of both the police and the CPS, especially – though not exclusively –  in cases where sex is involved, is to encourage anybody and everybody to come forward with any complaint they can think of (true or not), “…safe in the knowledge that they will be believed.”

In other words, the accuser is now immediately deemed to be telling the truth, even before any evidence has been gathered or tested.

The end result is that the accuser becomes a “brave victim” and the accused person – normally a man – is automatically believed by the police and the CPS to be thoroughly and entirely guilty…even before anything has been investigated or proven.

With such pressure be put on officers by the CPS, ministers and every chief constable in the country, it is hardly surprising that ordinary policeman are becoming disillusioned arrogant and increasingly dishonest.

Many people believe that police officers can now do what they like, to whom they want, whenever they want.

TheOpinionSite.org must make the point however that for all the pressure, policeman are not victims.

Any decent policeman worth his salt, upon discovering dishonesty of a senior officer or on being pressurised by the CPS, would report it to a higher, independent authority such as the IPCC.

Instead, most officers are far more likely to submit to bribery, bullying or advancing their own career progression.

To make matters worse for the public, when police corruption is discovered or when police officers break the law or misbehave, instead of being prosecuted they are often given the option to resign, retire or take indefinite sick leave.

Figures show that in just one year alone, the City of London police lost 1,200 officers under such circumstances – and that’s a relatively tiny force to begin with.

In the end of course, it’s self-serving politicians who are really to blame.

By piling more and more political pressure on the police and by giving police officers more and more powers that should be reserved for ministers (who give it away because they don’t want to accept responsibility when things go wrong), the police have become more and more arrogant, detached, vindictive and, just like their political masters, self-serving.

When did a policeman or CPS spokesman ever appear on television or radio and honestly and unequivocally apologise for police corruption or official manipulation of our justice system? If any reader knows the answer, please feel free to use the comment box below.

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9 Responses to Police corruption driven by CPS and ministers

  1. andy
    July 31, 2016 at 3:30 am

    some bankers get greedy for money. some chefs get fat from food. some police believe the end justifies the means and use crime.

  2. Andy
    October 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I was accused of harassment by my ex partner. I have recorded phone conversations of her threatening to kill me. Her new fella assaulted me in my own home. The police took no action to investigate my side of the story. It went to court and her evidence was not disclosed to my solicitor until trial day. Who advised me to plead guilty or I’d end up in nick. Her step father just happened to be the old ACC of Greater Manchester Police! There’s more to this than what I’ve said but you get the gist. Corruption of the highest order from the CPS through to the local nick.

  3. matt ruscoe
    September 16, 2015 at 3:12 am

    In my experience the Police and the CPS do not give a shit about what is best for all those affected by a crime and even less about those who have been falsely accused of one.

    While in the process of enduring a painful break-up with my ex her ongoing anger, control issues and vengeful conduct resulted in the Police and CPS (seemingly) being presented with a bonus and ‘easy conviction’ on a plate.

    I was denied my belongings that I requested after ending the relationship and also the right to return her house key to her and have my house key returned. She then altered the truth told them that she ended the relationship to -recreate an entirely false version of events more suited to the typical damsel in distress stereotype. The upshot I was then charged with harassment for asking for my stuff back over text.

    She manipulated a transcript of my texts which deleted those reasonable requests of mine and only left the comments I made about the relationship. The police swallowed her story whole. They didn’t even check her story or the evidence she presented. And as a result 6 months we are both unable to move to with our lives despite both party’s stating quite clearly that we didn’t want the matter to go to court. (There was nothing remotely threatening sent by either of us over text and any potential prosecution is not remotely in the public interest.)

    Proof that the Police and The CPS do not care in any way for the wellbeing of either party – despite the fact that both are professionally obliged to consider and respond to the interests of all concerned in their charters.

  4. Leslie Bowring
    June 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    The police are to be used as a paramilitary force to arrest legitimate protestesters against this corrupt gang in politican

  5. Ray dallimore
    April 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I recently used the ipcc and feal we must remove independent from there title as nothing was ever looked into and facts totally ignored and one other thing the police are liars and thieves not all of them

  6. George
    March 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Both the police and the CPS will only accept information that is beneficial to a prosecution and will withhold evidence to gain a prosecution .

  7. JaneD
    July 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    You are completely misguided when it comes to police investigations – you think the police all want to prosecute but in fact most police can’t be bothered to carry out an investigation so they decide there is no guilty party or the victim is guilty. This is no more prevalent than in Road Deaths – 5 people die each year in the UK on the roads and 57 a day are seriously injured – that’s brain damage/loss of major limbs etc. However the CPS rarely prosecute the drivers saying ‘its not in the public interest’ – take e.g the case of Jake Thomson (google him) killed on a pedestrian crossing by a speeding lorry – the family fought for 3 years to get a trial because the police weren’t interested. In the case of Toni Rolls, her daughter has been victimised by the police for daring to criticise the police investigation which included not producing transcripts of the body worn video taken at the scene which says the driver was accelerating… Go to http://chirb.it/N2wtCs and http://chirb.ityNO7eO The police did not bring this to light because they could not be bothered and because the CPS do not Want to prosecute drivers – so far from making a case to prosecute on flimsy evidence, its usually the other way around – but its true it is the police who decide if someone is innocent or guilty and not the cps and not the coroner – in fact in the above case it is clear the coroner and the police cosy up to each other. Corruption is indeed rife but it does not look as if its going away soon and it won’t if the picture is only one-sided as you suggest.

  8. Rusty
    March 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I think there are a couple of additional factors not mentioned: the police are paid bonuses attached to conviction rates,which distorts behaviour.
    Perhaps the most important factor of all is drugs policy. Prohibition has led to immense profits in the illegal drugs scene which has inevitably led to corruption of police officers and borders agency officials.
    Another factor is political correctness. Asian / Black officers have their own ‘trade union’ and to accuse a non-white officer of corruption would be risking ones career.
    Another factor is the fact that there are no external investigations: the police watch-dog the Police Complaints Authority uses police officers to investigate other officers.
    Then there is the power of the press which as police officers decided to get famous and rub shoulders with the rich n famous and politicians, (corrupt in itself), they have also become the target of the Murdoch press – making them frightened of the same and wanting to please the press.
    Then there is the effect of the police routinely selling stories about the rich n famous / news stories to the press – again a corruption which draws them in to the press – cos once they start to do that – they are not only addicted to the money but they can easily be blackmailed by the press who know they ve behaved illegally.

  9. James
    March 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Politicians have given police so much power over the years that corruption is inevitable.

    The fault does, as this article says, lie with politicians but also with the public who are and have been too thick or too frightened to stand up against this and previous governments. MPs want to lock up as many as possible and if they need to create a corrupt police force to do so, they will.

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