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The Anti-Corruption Group

The Anti-Corruption Group is a special unit that fights corruption within the Metropolitan Police Service. It was formerly known as CIB3 but has recently been re-named as part of an extensive re-organisation of the whole of the Met. The group has a worldwide reputation for excellence and its anti-corruption strategy has provided a blueprint for other forces.

Below you will find some information that was published in relation to CIB3. In due course it will be replaced by revised information about the Anti-Corruption Group, however it is being left here for the time being because much of it still applies in relation to the newly re-named unit.

 
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For more information on the Metropolitan Police Strategy for the prevention of corruption and dishonesty please click here.

 



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What does CIB3 do and why does it appear to act so secretly?

CIB3 - the Anti-Corruption Squad - targets corrupt members of the MPS and people outside the organisation who seek to corrupt MPS staff. Most colleagues think that we are only investigating police officers. That is not true. We have successfully prosecuted a number of people who have tried to corrupt Met officers and we regard the protection of our colleagues from corrupters as particularly important. The Anti-Corruption Squad is made up entirely of MPS police and civil staff and is not 'secret'. It will be obvious that much of our work is confidential and the reasons for that don't need much elaboration here. However, there is a balance to be struck between confidentiality and keeping colleagues aware of what is going on in general terms. We hope that answering some of these commonly asked questions is a step along the path to greater openness.

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How many police staff does the Anti-Corruption Squad have?

We have an establishment of 180 police officers and 32 civilian support staff. We do not anticipate that these high numbers will be required indefinitely. As the MPS brings the corruption problem down to a minimal level, we will be able to reduce the size of the Ant-Corruption Squad accordingly. However, the MPS recognises that there will always be a need for a pro-active, intelligence-led team to counter corruption in the MPS because London is the centre of organised crime in the UK and organised criminals will always look for opportunities to corrupt Met staff. It is also worth mentioning that with a tenure posting of between two and five years, Anti-Corruption Squad officers will return to mainstream policing and bring with them the additional skills and experiences they have acquired within the Branch.

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How are they recruited?

At the time the Anti-Corruption Squad was formed (January 1998), police staff were posted to CIB3 often with little or no choice in the matter. This was not ideal but was necessary to deal with an urgent operational need. This approach was not in breach of equal opportunities policy as the Commissioner has the right to move police staff when the best interests of the Service so dictate. Nevertheless, we recognise the difficulties this caused and we are grateful to all the managers in the MPS who supported us by 'giving up' some of their most experienced staff at short notice. Equally, we know that every CID Office or Team affected by the sudden departure of colleagues had to shoulder an extra burden, so our thanks go to those Offices and Teams as well. Since then, we have written to all the Area Business Managers suggesting that they might wish to consider putting in place systems to identify staff whom they believe are suitable for employment with us. If vacancies then arise, a pool of candidates is available from which selection can be made. In due course, we wish to move to a position where employment within the Anti-Corruption Squad is based on selection by application, but the right to appoint staff will be available to deal with urgent operational circumstances or if insufficient applicants of appropriate calibre apply.

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What is the Anti-Corruption Squad budget?

For the financial year 1999/2000, the budget for the OCU is £11.5 million. This is comparable, for example, to the budget of a small OCU like Hampstead. We recognise this is money diverted from core policing but colleagues need to be aware that the cost to the Service of damage to our reputation and of compromised investigations over many years as a result of corruption is incalculable in comparison. However, as corruption and its causes are brought under control, we anticipate a reduction in the size of the Branch and its funding.

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Is it true that the Commissioner has said that there are 250 corrupt officers in the Metropolitan Police?

On December 4 1997 the Home Affairs Committee asked the Commissioner 'Would you give any sort of percentage to the rotten apples who should be thrown out?'

In his answer he said 'I actually believe that we have the most honest big city police service anywhere in the world and that is the view which has been reinforced by diplomats who live and work in London. I am very proud of the majority of my men and women who serve in the Met. I would hope and believe it is contained somewhere between 100 officers and 250 officers.'

The media picked up on the higher figure when in fact, experience and current intelligence suggest the real numbers are much closer to the 100.

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Not at all. As you will be aware, there is a huge difference between intelligence and evidence. The Anti-Corruption Squad can do no more than gather evidence and present that to the Crown Prosecution Service who will decide what, if any, charges to bring. There is no 'score sheet' or tally of numbers. That is not what the Commissioner meant or intended and it is certainly not the way that the Anti-Corruption Squad is going about its business. The Corruption and Dishonesty Prevention Strategy is much wider than merely the number of criminal or disciplinary prosecutions brought. We all want a corruption free Metropolitan Police Service and that is achieved by prevention and education as well as deterrence.

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No. Our intelligence and investigations reveal that the overwhelming majority of CID officers are honest and trustworthy colleagues who play a vital role in the prevention and detection of crime. Corruption can occur in any part of the MPS. Experience tells us that certain policing environments are more vulnerable than others - conditions in which there are opportunities to access cash, drugs or other valuable commodities; or information which criminals are desperate to access; or case papers or other evidence that can be destroyed to compromise an investigation. So you can see, corrupt or dishonest colleagues - uniform or CID, police or civilian - pose a threat wherever they are in the organisation.

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It is true that some officers have been arrested at home. Whilst it is not appropriate to discuss individual cases, our Senior Investigating Officers must thoroughly conduct the investigation whilst strictly upholding the law as to how suspects, including police officers, are dealt with. Police officers can expect to be treated to the same high standards as we would wish for all people subject of criminal inquiry. Police officers under investigation for serious criminal offences cannot expect, or be granted, preferential treatment that would not be afforded to a member of the public in similar circumstances. We do not intend for any honest member of the MPS to be frightened, and we do not set out to use any police powers to frighten our staff. A quote from a detective in a recent HMIC report reflects our perspective - "I think it's quite right to make people frightened to be corrupt, but we shouldn't be frightened to come to work" . We know the vast majority of MPS staff are honest and deserve the support of the Service. Always remember, if you are honest, you have nothing to fear.

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If it is very difficult to catch corrupt officers, is integrity testing an easy way to catch 'small fry' to keep the number of detections up?

The programme of non-targeted integrity testing is undertaken by the Integrity Testing Unit within CIB. This Unit has nothing to do with the day to day work of most operational teams within the Anti-Corruption Squad. Since non-targeted integrity testing commenced in April 1999, no member of the MPS has been disciplined as a result. It is important that you realise why. It is because the non-targeted tests are consistently revealing high professional standards from MPS staff when dealing with the public. We can in the future answer some of our critics by producing clear evidence of the professional way in which you are going about your work. Equally, let us be clear that if conduct falls below that which is expected and required of a member of the MPS, then misconduct proceedings could follow. However, we fully recognise that everyone makes mistakes and no-one will be punished for making an honest mistake. That is why the decision to recommend misconduct proceedings is likely to be taken by an officer's senior line manager who will know the officer, his or her personal circumstances and service record. Targeted integrity tests are conducted against particular individuals who are suspected to be corrupt, dishonest, racist or sexist and who are subject of specific investigation. These tests are infrequent and are authorised at very senior level.

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Will I be told if I have been subject of an integrity test or will my managers be told?

It is not intended at present to inform the individual officer or his/her managers if the test is passed. The reason for this is not to keep MPS staff in fear of being subject to constant scrutiny but for the simple reason that there are only limited resources available and the tests will lose their value if the methods and individuals involved become known. That said, in one case where an officer performed particularly well, his managers were told. It is worth highlighting that a non-targeted test is intended to present a member of the MPS with a routine situation containing no 'tricks' or borderline ethical dilemmas. If a member fails the test because his or her behaviour is particularly unacceptable (for example, acting dishonestly or using or threatening unnecessary violence or racial abuse), then the member and his or her managers will be made aware of the failure if a misconduct investigation (or its civil staff equivalent) is to be launched.

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How do I know that these tests are conducted fairly?

An important consideration is that both the public and MPS staff believe the programme is fair. A panel from the MPS Ethics Committee has been formed to give independent oversight to the tests conducted by the Integrity Testing Unit. The panel includes members of the public and Police Federation representatives. This panel is independent of CIB and will ensure fairness for MPS staff .They will be aware of the accuracy of the test results and can reassure the public, if necessary, that the tests are objective.

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What safeguards are there to ensure that the Anti-Corruption Squad is acting ethically and with integrity in who it investigates and how those investigations are conducted?

Information is gathered from a wide variety of sources and is graded for its intelligence value by experienced personnel. A Co-ordinating and Tasking Group decides which intelligence should be developed into operations. The criteria for those decisions are derived from our Operational Strategy. The most serious cases requiring long-term, proactive methods are passed to an operational team within the Anti-Corruption Squad under the command of a Senior Investigating Officer. Serious cases requiring a less sophisticated level of pro-active resolution are passed to CIB2. Less serious cases can be referred to an Area Complaints Unit for action. As with any criminal investigation, senior officers are responsible for making sure that resources are being properly used. If a case involving the Anti-Corruption Squad is likely to lead to a police officer being prosecuted, a decision to suspend from duty will be taken by the appropriate officer of ACPO rank from the officer's Area, Department or Branch. It is very unusual for a police officer subject of an Anti-Corruption Squad investigation to be charged prior to all the evidence being reviewed by the CPS, who usually seek the advice of Treasury Counsel. If the investigation results in misconduct proceedings, the decision to bring those proceedings is taken by the Director of CIB who will frequently have consulted the MPS Solicitor and/or Counsel beforehand to review the evidence. As with all MPS personnel, members of the Anti-Corruption Squad are accountable to the law and the Police (Conduct) Regulations.

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What does the Anti-Corruption Squad do about police officers whom it has investigated and who are not charged or disciplined?

Establishing the innocence of MPS staff under investigation is a fundamental objective for the Anti-Corruption Squad and we have done this on numerous occasions since our formation. Equally, we must be realistic about the outcome of investigations. Not every investigation will provide sufficient evidence to prosecute or bring misconduct proceedings. Sometimes, there may remain grounds for serious concern about the integrity of an officer and the Service has to decide how that officer should be managed in the future. This may mean that decisions have to be taken about how and where that officer is employed. The Anti-Corruption Squad does not make those decisions on behalf of the Service. Rather, we refer relevant information to the officer's managers at an appropriate level so that they can exercise their judgement in all the circumstances as to what, if any, action is needed to protect the Service.

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Does that mean that some officers who are not prosecuted or disciplined for corruption or who are acquitted of any charges may still be subject of other action by the MPS?

Yes, that is possible but likely to be the exception. Sometimes, compelling intelligence about an individual member of the MPS is received from sensitive sources that cannot be used as evidence in criminal or misconduct proceedings. Where this provides reason to seriously doubt an officer's integrity, the Commissioner has a duty (within the restrictions of the rule of law and natural justice) to take steps to uphold public confidence in the Service. This may mean restricting the functions that an officer is allowed to fulfil. These are very difficult moral and legal considerations which tax all managers involved in the process. There are no simple answers to the dilemma and that's why we want you to be aware of the issues and give us any positive ideas you have about solutions that safeguard both the individual and the Service.

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If there is corruption in the Met, how come I haven't seen it?

There are several issues here. Firstly, the numbers of corrupt individuals in the Met are relatively small. Secondly, their activities are generally kept hidden from honest colleagues. Thirdly, honest colleagues must be aware that corruption exists before the signs and symptoms can be detected. A maxim could be that 'if you don't know it's there, you are unlikely to notice it. If you don't notice it then you won't be attuned to deal with it'. Only you may know whether you have seen or heard something that caused you unease. The point is if you did see or hear something did you report it to someone who could take action about it? If you didn't, why not? You have a duty to report corrupt behaviour and we would wish to reassure you that people who do will be treated fairly, sympathetically and responsibly by the MPS. If an investigation reveals that you made an honest mistake, then neither you nor, of course, the person you had concerns about will be penalised. We recognise that this is another very difficult and sometimes distressing area for MPS staff to confront. However, turning a blind eye to corruption is actually a part of the problem because corruption will continue unchecked if it is ignored. It will take courage for you to come forward, but have faith that the MPS can and will support you when you do.

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Would an officer be in jeopardy if he or she saw something and didn't report it?

Possibly, yes. Certain criminal and disciplinary offences are committed, depending on the circumstances. For example, the Police (Misconduct) Regulations introduced in April 1999 state "....Officers should support their colleagues in the execution of their lawful duties, and oppose any improper behaviour, reporting it where appropriate....". As already mentioned, corruption will carry on unchecked if people ignore it so we must ensure that colleagues don't ignore it. If you know about corruption which you didn't report in the past, we recognise this may be worrying you. The Deputy Commissioner has approved an 'amnesty from discipline' in certain circumstances to encourage otherwise honest but worried staff to come forward and tell us about it.

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Is the Anti-Corruption Squad using the media to exaggerate the corruption problem in London?

No. Most of the stories appearing in the press have been printed without MPS co-operation. Because media interest in police corruption has been so great, there has been considerable speculation and some sensationalism. Hence, there is a need for interaction with the media at a senior level in the MPS through the Directorate of Public Affairs to achieve a balance of fair and accurate reporting which does not damage investigations and pending prosecutions.

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It often feels that we are all being tarred with the same brush. What is being done to redress the balance?

It is unfair, but nevertheless a fact of life, that so much of your good work can be undermined by the actions of so few. That is why corruption is so damaging to the police service and must be continually kept in check. Let us remind you of some important points as there are many positive messages in what the Met is doing:

  • We have every reason to believe that the vast majority of MPS officers and support staff are honest, decent people whom the public are right to trust.

  • All organisations suffer from corruption but the Met has taken a clear lead in actively tackling the problem such that many other forces and organisations are following our example.

  • Whilst our critics may choose to use our acknowledgement of the existence of corruption as a means to attack us, we can show our Strategy to tackle and defeat it is better than any other in the world.

  • It is not a scandal to have a corruption problem, but it is a scandal to do nothing about it and that is something the Met cannot be accused of. The Head of the Home Office Policing and Reducing Crime Unit recently wrote "....individual forces, most notably the Metropolitan Police Service are putting in place preventive strategies more robust than those previously introduced in the United Kingdom....."

There is a lot you can feel reassured about and we recognise that it is part of our job to help keep you informed.

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Have Anti-Corruption Squad staff been threatened or intimidated?

Yes, but such incidents have been rare. There is no doubt that anti-corruption duty is professionally and personally very demanding. We approach it on the basis that it is difficult work which has to be done thoroughly and professionally for the sake of public confidence in the Met; fairness to those under investigation; and to reassure the honest majority of staff that their good work is being protected from corruption.

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What does the future hold as regards corruption in the Met?

Part of what the Corruption and Dishonesty Prevention Strategy seeks to achieve is to ensure that every member of the Service is aware that corruption is real and will always be a threat to the MPS, but that the problem can be kept to a minimum if we are all vigilant and prepared to confront it. Ensuring that our complaints investigation structure is properly integrated across London will also help this process. In addition, we need to find out more about why and how corruption can take hold in individuals, groups or locations within the MPS. Corruption prevention is the focus we must move to and reflect in all aspects of life in the MPS - from recruitment to retirement. That philosophy involves a great deal of work for the Met but the process has already started. Recognising and addressing corruption internally and under public scrutiny has been painful and there is likely to be further pain in the short term as cases come before the courts. Remember, though, that the Met identified the problem and has tackled it with unparalleled determination. The future for our integrity has never looked brighter but we all have a personal part to play because our integrity is not negotiable.

 

Where is Scotland's position in all this - especially Strathclyde??


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So what does the future hold for STRATHCLYDE POLICE as INTEGRITY is NON NEGOTIABLE?


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"The Anti-Corruption Squad is made up entirely of MPS police and civil staff"

 

I think the quote above taken from Question 1 of the above article (nice find by the way regarding said article Admin) say it all as to just exactly how 'independent' this anti-corruption force will be. As far as Bilko can make out this will be another case of the police, policing the police under the guise of a public relations friendly name IE Police Anti-Corruption Squad , it does indeed sound the part to any unsuspecting members of the general public, we at FerrisConspiracy.com though are a much more sceptical and clued up set of individuals. Bilko


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I am sure that I share many a view with regards to transparency and REAL Independence into inquiries of police corruption (two words in one sentence again eh?) and those best placed to monitor and be part of any inquiry must have enough competence of the application of LAW and ORDER such as ex- judicial figures lawyers , judges and senior figures that are not interested of making political capital from such debates.

There are enough independent individuals who are best qualified to independently investigate matters and prove their impartiality by conducting an honest and freely accessible view of how they operate and why there is a need for such a body.

 

Although they will be in a position to access as much as the public until then we clearly demonstrate that we are under a POLICE STATE when democracy becomes an issue for them to brief us on results........................away and go and get a fresh fish Jack as there is more than a pungent smell from the corridors of power @ the EXECUTIVE there is indeed something fishy going on and its got nothing to do with Alex or Nicola both of whom have an element of an avid angler in their collective surnames!



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Sorry ReAL1 as it will never happen in our lifetime but a great idea nonetheless.

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Stinger... such negativity.  Yellow card to you!  If you don't stand up and fight for what you believe in, then how do you expect to get results?


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We can get results individually although we have a collective voice here we WILL get results as the PUBLIC demand no less even if the truth hurts let it be told as that way we at least can fix things.

 

 


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Hi to all north of the border.

 

Stockwell Tube Station Shooting - Police shoot and kill innocent man Jean Charles de Menezes. Shoot to kill Policy!

 

Despite the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) south of the border it was published in the Sunday Times today that

 

[Met suppress files that tell full shooting story

Police hold back dossier that could reveal Sir Ian Blair's role after Tube killing fiasco

THE Metropolitan police have blocked attempts by independent investigators to obtain sensitive files about the role that Sir Ian Blair, the commissioner, played after the shooting of an innocent Brazilian man on the London Underground.

 

Well-placed sources say the Met has declined repeated requests by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to disclose hundreds of pages of internal papers. The documents give the Met’s private assessment of the botched counter-terrorist operation that led to Jean Charles de Menezes mistakenly being killed by Yard marksmen at Stockwell Underground station last July.]

 

As this is one of the first high profile cases since the IPCC took over the Police Complaints System it will be interesting to hear the outcome on this one!

 

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Hi Admin and thank you for the welcome.

 

I have been having a look around the posts and very interesting they are too.

 

Very impressed with the Forum layout and its use as a channel for all to exercise their rights to FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

 

 

 

 

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Hi Magpie...  glad you have had a look and enjoyed reading the forum material.  Interesting, not to mention thought provoking eh?  All new members of ferrisconspiracy.com are welcomed with open arms, as the more people who voice their opinions, and relevant topics, it all boils down to strength in numbers.  And as for freedom of speech, hey, you've come to the right place, so keep posting!!   

 

P.S. I am known to be rather superstitious, and I'm led to believe that one magpie signals bad luck, so eveytime I see your avatar, I have to salute it - daft, I know,  but if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have none, know what I mean?  Any chance you could add another magpie to your avatar????  That way, I don't look the daftie every time I have to salute your avatar, and maybe, perhaps maybe, Ms Admin's luck will start to change.  


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Welcome Magpie...'Salute'..."Morning Mr Magpie..How's Your Wife Today"?...i'm superstitious too...,xxxsteeleyma

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