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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 significant undesirable police officers. So how does Australia fare within the police corruption stakes? And which nation wins the bent cop handicap? Lobez and Morton research the issues from the touchdown of the 1st Fleet via to the current day the concerns brought on by greed, energy, drink, intercourse, cash and extra latterly medications. They examine the Australian studies in all states with corruption in the USA, England and Hong Kong, concentrating particularly on organised corruption from best to backside and the involvement of judges, legal professionals and politicians. And which country has the shadiest police officers? you can be stunned.

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When he spoke of his time on the run he said, ‘You may as well be in prison. ’ Multiple jail escapees such as Brenden Abbott might disagree. Police who turn corrupt are, like fallen angels, often fascinating, and Australia has provided rather more than its fair share of them. This book is an informal, to an extent selective, and certainly condensed, account of corruption by police, politicians and lawyers from the arrival of the First Fleet to the present, with an added glimpse of the future. It is not a reflection on the hundreds of thousands of honest and decent officers who have struggled to maintain the integrity of their forces.

Nor had he tried to buy ecstasy for colleagues; of course he knew that it was an illegal drug. He had certainly never visited a witness codenamed GDU7, a former prostitute and drug dealer, while on duty. It was a classic piece of cross-examination and one that should go down in any textbook. m. on 27 August that year. Up on the room’s television screens appeared a film of GDU7 (who had been given anonymity) pouring a line of cocaine on the officer’s penis and proceeding to lick it off. She then started to talk about a shipment of cocaine before they moved to a couch, where he began masturbating and talking about buying ecstasy and a porn video of children.

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. And of course many police disobeyed the 1853 regulation that forbade them to moonlight on night shift for publicans—an open invitation for corruption among the poorly paid constabulary.

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