Saturday, September 29, 2012

Corrupt London Metropolitan Police officers

It's not just the United States where there are corrupt police officers, but here's an article about corrupt London police officers from the BBC.
Nearly 50 Metropolitan Police officers have been suspended for corruption in three years, figures show.

Of the 258 officers suspended for offences also including sexual assault, neglect and assault, 38% of cases were proven and 11% of officers were sacked.

The officers were paid about £3.6m during their suspensions.

A lawyer who handles complaints against the police has called the figures "shocking". The Met said it aimed to investigate allegations "quickly".

Police officers and staff can only be suspended if they are likely to interfere with the course of an investigation or if it is the public interest.

As such, most suspensions occur when an officer is subject to a serious criminal investigation or a serious internal misconduct investigation.


The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show the number of officers suspended on full pay for three years between 2009-11.

Nearly half of those suspended were special constables, who are unpaid.

Although the specifics of each case has not been revealed, the Met said some instances of corruption included handling stolen goods and fraudulent overtime claims.


The BBC has also obtained figures which show 372 police staff were suspended between 2009-2011.


A report by the Independent Police Complaints Commision (IPCC) on corruption found the force received 1,487 complaints between 2008 and 2011.

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