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.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2015 @ 8:19pm

    Re: Devolution Inaction

    Sadly, the police haven't actually become "more criminal", they've always been pretty darned criminal. You might want to watch a little movie called "Serpico", for instance. It's apparently not quite as horrible as reality, they had to tone it down for the screen or nobody would have believed it.

    It looks like the police have gotten more criminal these days because we've got a tiny bit of oversight going with people using their phones to record the police committing crimes, and the internet to keep track and compare notes. Plus, the police mostly used to go after poor people and people who were not white, and now that the middle class has been destroyed, they are going after lots of white people who are shocked that they're being treated like the underclass, like "them", the ones who deserve to be treated badly by the police by virtue of a lack of funds or skin color. They are always shocked when they find out that they are "them" now.

    I remember my father and his fellow mechanics talking about how if their car got towed to the yards, they could kiss their expensive toolboxes (and anything else of value) that they kept the trunk because everyone knew the police would steal whatever they could get their hands on as long as they had plausible deniability.

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