Police Corruption, Cover Ups and Miscarriages of Justice

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"The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence"

Those words - commonly attributed to Robert Peel, the founder of modern policing - reflect the traditional British approach to policing. The police are not a branch of government, nor do their actions reflect government policy or vested interests, but serve the needs of the community to provide protection from harm.

Perhaps that was always a utopian vision - criminal law is made most frequently by politicians, and thus separation of government from the police was never going to be as clear cut as some would like to assume. However, a string of recent and historical incidents has caused some to accuse the police of complicity in government malfeasance - or even as agents of malfeasance themselves.

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 5th September 2013 | © Weird Island 2010-2018
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