Bent. Australia's Crooked Cops by James Morton, Susanna Lobez

By James Morton, Susanna Lobez

All police forces nice and small have had incidents of corruption that bedevil the millions of good officials who serve the general public. Morton and Lobez have illustrated, in numerous Gangland books, that Australia most likely has out-ganged different international locations and that during phrases of Aussie Stings, Australia cons above its weight. Now they flip their highlight on substantial undesirable law enforcement officials. So how does Australia fare within the police corruption stakes? And which country wins the bent cop handicap? Lobez and Morton research the issues from the touchdown of the 1st Fleet via to the current day taking a look at the concerns because of greed, energy, drink, intercourse, funds and extra latterly medications. They examine the Australian reviews in all states with corruption in the US, England and Hong Kong, concentrating particularly on organised corruption from most sensible to backside and the involvement of judges, legal professionals and politicians. And which nation has the shadiest law enforcement officials? you'll be stunned.

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The select committee on police in 1852 was told that ‘there has been, in the case of several detective officers, a most suspicious suddenness in getting rich’. However, magistrates were often perceived as being anti-police in licence cases. Constable Patrick Bourke said days of investigation and surveillance would come undone when the magistrate would ‘dispose of the case and turn around and look at you as if you were a dog’. This was unsurprising: many of the licensing magistrates had financial holdings in the hotels the police were trying to prosecute.

Before then, in August 1838, Henry Batman, chief constable of the Melbourne City Police, under whose tutelage some of these police services had grown, was dismissed for bribery. Between 1838 and the appointment of Superintendent EPS Sturt in 1850, no fewer than six chief constables were engaged to lead the city’s police. One of these, William Sugden, embraced the new English model of detectives and devoted 10 per cent of his force to a detective branch. In 1851, after Victoria separated from New South Wales, a fine-sharing policy was introduced in an effort to recruit constables.

After looking at patterns of police corruption in New York, Marseille, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Sydney, 1970s sociologist Alfred McCoy propounded a five-stage model for the scale and quality of police corruption. However, academic critics such as Dr Richard Evans have suggested that this may be too basic: I think his model is a bit simplistic—corruption is much more a matter of networks, and there is a continual process of jostling for position and influence. Extensive corrupt networks can and do co-exist with comparatively effective and honest policing—indeed really effective corruption thrives best behind a good ‘shopfront’ of policing.

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