Now, there’s a headline to grab your attention.
I have never denied that there is corruption present within the Met, I know there is. I have, however, frequently disputed the scale of that corruption. Personally I do not think it’s as endemic as the Media would have you believe.
So, here’s a suggestion for you Sir Bernie and your Directorate of Professional Standards.
Corporately, you have repeatedly refused to tell me how much the disciplinary enquiry into James Patrick has cost the Met.
There has been another, becoming, high profile investigation into the TSG6.
I am willing to bet that both investigations cost many thousands of pounds. The enquiry into, the then, PC Patrick lasted approximately 18 months, and involved a Review of the evidence by an outside Force (although I accept they did not charge the Met for this Review). That HAS to have totalled some serious money.
Then, whilst PC Patrick was serving his period of notice, having had enough of your oppressive regime and resigned, your Directorate of Professional Standards served papers on him once more informing him that he was to be investigated for Gross Misconduct. This was despite the fact that he was within a few weeks of leaving your employ, and the Gross Misconduct allegations rely on the same Met Policies that were deficient in the original case.
The TSG6 involved (obviously) multiple officers, a Crown Court Case, a Civil Action, resultant disciplinary proceedings against DPS staff, the alleged tampering with personnel records and an Employment Tribunal. I doubt that little saga was cheap either.
I am sick and tired of reading in the press every week (or seemingly so) about this trial or that trial that has failed to allegations of MPS corruption. Investigations stalling because of alleged or perceived corruption. The public deserve so much better than that. PC Patrick was responsible for a decline in Public Confidence in the MPS? I don’t think so.
I have encountered this interference personally when a murder enquiry I was involved in was actually visited by an officer allegedly in the pay of a North London gang. On this occasion the SIO was wise to it and sent him away with a flea in his ear (and reported him). Various, subsequent, computer checks that we carried out did, unfortunately, have the effect of tipping off said detective as to who we might be interested in though, so I am no fan of corruption, definitely not.
So, Sir Bernard, Boris, Blair, whoever, here’s a radical idea for you.
However much money you are currently spending on investigating James Patrick, and others like him, for doing what they believe to be morally and ethically correct, please remember that this is PUBLIC MONEY that you are spending.
I am now a member of that public, and so are many like me. I truly believe that I speak for many when I say that that money can, and would, be better spent fighting the rotten core of corruption than victimising the few with the balls and integrity to stand up and be counted, and challenge wrongdoing and malpractice.
It may not be enough to fund the fight totally, but it would swell your anti-corruption budget enough to make a difference.
Even if it was only enough to fund the investigation and prosecution of one corrupt officer, isn’t that better than spending it victimising James Patrick and others like him?
You, the public, read these blogs and rants of mine. What do you think?