London's Metropolitan Police Houses A Bunch Of Criminals Who Are More Interested In Harassing Journalists Than Chasing Criminals
from the Keystone-Kops-UK dept
The International Business Times has just published a useful set of crime stats — the number of criminal offenses committed by UK police officers over the past five years. So far, regular criminal activity still outpaces criminal activity by police officers, but this fact is a little jarring.
One police officer is arrested each day on suspicion of criminal offences in the UK, according to data from 43 polices forces across England and Wales.
IBT says 1,629 officers have been arrested over the past five years — roughly 300 a year. 500 of those have been convicted or suspended. A majority of the arrests apparently stem from sexual offenses.
But perhaps the most criminal-laden police force of all is the Metropolitan Police. When not abusing the law to investigate journalists, this police force engages in a significant amount of criminal behavior. Roughly half of the arrested officers over the past five years came from the Met.
The Metropolitan Police saw 781 officers arrested, and 146 convicted or cautioned, during the period the figures covered. The rate means 1-in-40 of the Met’s officers were arrested in the last five years, and 1-in-200 were convicted of a crime.
1-in-40. That’s an amazingly high ratio, considering these officers are (supposedly) in the business of law enforcement. They could possibly be as bad than the people they police. The Met’s crime stats show reportable criminal offenses occurring at a rate of one offense for every 12 London residents. However, it’s very likely that several of these reportable offenses were committed by the same people, which would bring the rate of criminal-to-noncriminal London residents within shouting distance of the Met’s horrendous 1-in-40 rate.
It’s not that we expect our police officers to have a more refined moral compass than the general public… oh, wait, WE DO. One-in-forty is a terrible ratio for people who took a job that explicitly expects them to not only enforce the law, but follow it as well.
And, on top of that, the Met is apparently far too busy using the UK’s terrorism laws to conduct surveillance on investigative reporters to devote much time to its other, less questionable duties.
According to the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Met is also the worst-performing force for solving burglaries from people’s homes in 2013-14. The Met caught offenders in 11% of burglaries, against a national average of 15.5%, according to the HMIC.
The lesson is: if you don’t want the Met on your tail, you’re better off breaking into houses than filing FOI requests.