I am sure most people in law enforcement start out for the right reasons but there’s getting away from the fact that a liberal, permissive, secular society encourages rule-breaking and self interest. Making individualistic, cost-benefit calculations leads to problems as people look out for themselves in competition with the rest of society. Not only does this lead to crime, it also leads to law enforcement being tempted to gain from corruption. It is not human nature, it’s Western values.
Just today allegations have emerged that the Metropolitan police’s own anti-corruption unit is being investigated over payments! I mean seriously. When the anti-corruption unit is investigated what hope is there for the rest? This follows hot on the heels of the collapse of the Lynette White case, the UK’s biggest police corruption trial, leaving taxpayers with a bill of more than £30million. There is also the police corruption inquiry over Stephen Lawrence. Corrupt police officers have recently been accused of deleting intelligence reports from the national police computer on the orders of criminal gangs. There’s also Operation Elveden [the police investigation into corrupt payments by journalists to police officers] and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is still investigating Chief Constable of Cleveland Sean Price and his deputy Derek Bonnard. The IPCC’s own report from September 2011 on Corruption in the Police Service in England and Wales was a real eye-opener and last year Transparency International launched the major findings from a series of studies which examine corruption in the UK from different sectors, not just police.
I could go on but my point is can we really say its just a few rotten apples or do we begin to question the tree itself?