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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE POLYGRAPH

THE CREATOR of the comic strip character Wonder Woman also invented the first lie detector, or polygraph.

But the original device, unveiled by the psychologist William Marston in 1917, was widely criticised and has been replaced by far more sophisticated techniques.

Despite the improvements, using lie detectors remains controversial, particularly as studies have shown that about 10 per cent of the results are wrong.

Polygraphs are being used in a UK pilot study of 200 male sex offenders in nine regions around England. The Home Office believes they could be a useful tool in managing sex offenders.

The test measures changes in the rates of breathing, sweating and heart activity and take from two to three hours. The subject has tubes going round his chest and abdomen to measure breathing. Blood pressure is also recorded, and two flat rods are stuck to the subject's palm and finger to measure sweating.

These calculations, which are fed into a computer, indicate arousal in the subject. The theory behind the polygraph is that arousal is a non- voluntary part of the nervous system. If the subject's response pattern is greatly altered then it indicates that they are lying.

The sex offenders take up to three sets of questions, to which the answer is yes or no. One test is "sex history disclosure" in which the offender is questioned about victims and other behaviour. The "maintenance test" involves the offender being questioned about whether he is sticking to conditions of parole. Under the "specific issue test", the subject is questioned about aspects of an offence that they are denying. Only about 15 per cent of the offenders taking part in the British trial passed their polygraph test first time.

Some people try to beat the polygraph by using tips on how to cheat. Several internet sites provide advice. The tips include pressing on a pin when asked a question. The pain gives a similar physical response to lying and can be used on questions when you are telling the truth, thereby making it harder to detect the lies. Clenching muscles can also give false readings.

To help spot cheating, the testers fit movement detectors into the seats of the chairs used by offenders.

The FBI and many US police departments use the tests for vetting recruits, employees and informants.

 

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Within days of Craig being called in, Gilmour confessed. He was jailed for life, and has been protesting his innocence ever since.

DS Walker was 63 when he killed himself. William Love says it was Walker who visited him in Barlinnie and got him to sign the false statement.

And TC Campbell claims Walker quoted false statements to him, saying other people were prepared to go against him.

Other officers involved in building a case against Campbell and Steele have gone on to promoted posts within Strathclyde Police.

A force spokeswoman refused to say anything about the claims that witnesses were bullied.

She said: "It would be inappropriate to comment, as this case is going to appeal."

 

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Saru mo ki kara ochiru gif

 "saru mo ki kara ochiru"

The phrase literally translates as "even monkeys fall from trees."  In English, the closest adage may be "pride comes before a fall." 

Because in every field of human endeavor there will be oversights, quality control and quality assurance are important to assure reliable results.  It is also important that persons incriminated through latent print identifications should have ready access to competent experts to reexamine alleged identifications.

On rare occasions, a fingerprint or palmprint identification error occurs, even among experts trained to competency.  In fingerprint identification, DNA identification, firearms identification and other relatively mature forensic sciences, erroneous individualizations are so rare that they cause international news headlines.  That extreme rarity benefits society and justice. 

These are real cases.  This page exists to demonstrate errors so that more than just the experts involved in the cases might learn from mistakes.

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SCOTLAND'S top cop Sir John Orr OBE is the mastermind behind some of

the most highprofile crusades against crime.

 

During his time as Strathclyde Chief Constable,  has cracked down on

violent criminals and drug dealers.

 

Crime has fallen to record lows as detection rates have jumped 10 per cent

in five years.

 

But after 40 years as a police officer, Sir John will be hanging up his uniform

at the end of this month.

 

He'll quietly from the front to the back pages in his new role as chairman of

his beloved Kilmarnock FC.

 

A landmark in his police career was Lockerbie - when he faced the daunting

task of leading Scotland's biggest ever murder inquiry.

 

Like everyone else, he wanted to pause for a moment and shed tears

at the sickening devastation surrounding him.

 

But there was work to be done.

 

And work has been his watchword as he rose through the ranks

since starting as a young constable.

 

But, if he has his way, Sir John will be remembered for just one thing

- that he tried his level best to help people and the community.

 

Sir John, 55, said:

"Sitting in this chair is a cherished responsibility and there's not been

a waking moment during my tenure that I haven't seriously considered

how I can make people's lives just a wee bit better."

 

"I have a passion about that.

And if I had to do it over again I would do it exactly the same way."

In his final days as Scotland's chief crimebuster,

 

Sir John is preparing to announce that crime in Strathclyde has fallen

to record lows, as detection continues to rise.

 

It will be yet another clear vindication of his unique if often robust style

of policing.

 

In campaigns such as Operation Stop and Chat, he has been accused of

going too far.

 

Some have even talked of civil rights violation when motorists were stopped

at random or children in Hamilton were subjected to a so-called "curfew"

in a child safety initiative.

 

But if the number of knives which have been removed from the streets under

Operation Spotlight is anything to go by, then there's no doubt that his

methods have clearly worked.

 

The detection rate when he took office at the end of 1995 was 34 per cent.

It's now 44.1 per cent.

He has turned round violent crime and domestic violence.

And he's put more drug dealers behind bars as the force seized drugs worth more

than £8.5million last year.

 

Sir John said: "I've been criticised in the past by some people who claim robust

and interventionist policing perhaps infringes civil liberties, or imp cts on the

freedom of the public at certain times.

 

"I don't see it that way. I see it as the police doing their work.

 

Despite what might have been said, I receive no complaints about this style

of policing, because we try to tell the public why we do it.

 

"I'm very proud of the fact that I retire when this force is in an extremely

good state of health for my successor to further develop the force in his own way."

 

As Sir John makes way for his successor, there's no question that the drugs

issue remains the biggest single problem facing Strathclyde Police.

Meanwhile, Sir John believes he has left the force in a good state of health for his successor.

But where he won't be able to help is in the continuing struggle

against lack of resources.

 

And through his budget of £9million, he's also been forced to operate

with less than a third of the £30million he believes is needed.

 

"We have had real pressure on us because of a lack of resources throughout almost

all of my time as Chief Constable.

"The strength of Strathclyde Police is the quality of people within it.

"When you make a mistake or haven't got something right, say so.

Nobody's perfect."

 

(OK then what about Thomas TC Campbell & Joe Steele as that was

no bloody mistake it was a CRIMINAL POLICE CONSPIRACY that lasted

nearly 20 YEARS!) ferrisconspiracy FACT.

 

The harrowing investigation began one cold night in December 1988,

 when PanAm Flight 103 was blown up over Dumfries-shire.

 

He said: "There's no doubt that being senior investigating officer at Lockerbie

was perhaps the biggest challenge I ever faced.

"It's something I've never spoken about too much.

 

But when you see the death and destruction as I did that night,

with 270 people murdered, it's something that will remain with you forever."

 

His two sons have followed him into the police - one is an inspector in Strathclyde

and the other a detective constable in Dumfries and Galloway.

The proudest moment of his career was when he was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

But despite being an honour, it was also an occasion tinged with great sadness.

He said: "When I received notification about the knighthood I felt quite humble. 

"Above all, I'm extremely proud of the people in this organisation and the

progress that we've made. Quiet satisfaction would be the words I would use.

 

"You get bruised as you go along in this job and the one thing that continually

pleases me is the reaction from the public.

"I got a card a few weeks ago from a man from Glasgow, which I keep at home.

"Writing personally, he said 'This is from an 87-year-old Mr Nobody.

I just want to say to you thanks for what you and your force have done'.

 

"That means so much to me. We've made mistakes and this force will continue

 to make mistakes - it happens in public life -

but when you get that kind of little note from someone who takes the time to go

and buy a card and write it in the way he did, then it makes up for the bad days.

 

"And that's the kind of thing I will remember and it re-enforces my belief that

at least we're trying to help."


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F.C.T: If we could just jump forward to Billy Love’s actual statements that he retracted to your Solicitor John Carroll, he gives an impression of the pressure he was put under with regards to the statement. Was this similar to deal that you were speaking about earlier?

 

T.C: It’s the same thing that they do to all people in these kind of situations - if they’ve got case… I mean, one time, the Serious Crime Squad was known as the Serious Fit Up Squad. If the ordinary local police or CID cannot convict somebody, or cannot get an arrest for a serious crime, they call in the Serious Crime Squad - they don’t need to call them in if they can solve the crime themselves, but if they can’t solve it, they call in the Serious Crime Squad because the Serious Crime Squad are the people who do the fitting up right, so they’ll get someone who has the weakest alibi and with previous convictions, and just plant the evidence on them.

 

 Right, now, in the same way, if you take somebody, if you take somebody who is trapped in a corner - he’s maybe got two children, or he’s maybe getting married or his girlfriend’s pregnant - you know, he’s got a domestic crisis. I mean, putting them in prison creates a domestic crisis - he might be going to get married, he might have two children, Christmas might be coming up and he’s going to go away for 20 years - let’s say for armed robbery or something, maybe ten years. Eh, ten years is a long time for somebody, for anybody at all, so to be taken away for ten years and locked up, and somebody comes and says to you, “Sign this paper and you walk free”, it’s you know, it’s the devil’s deal isn’t it? I mean, as the Devil says, sign here, sign the contract and you get your life back, and people go for it - they’ve got to go for it.

F.C.T: In relation to Billy Love’s statements and the police visits, to Billy, on a canvassing mission, were they were actually saying that everybody in there were asking the same questions….?

T.C: Yes. There are people…I mean, we’ve got dozens of statements that were taken into the police station - people were approaching me and telling me they were taken into the police station - the police were asking them to say that I said this, or I said that, and these charges and that charge would be dropped, and people would be out on bail. Now people in the prison themselves, in the prison, were also taken up one by one and again given same deal - their charge would be dropped, their charge would be reduced, these kind of things, and it was all to do with verbals, it was all to do with saying this one said that… it was all usually me - say that TC Campbell said this or TC Campbell said that, that incriminates me and your charge will be dropped.

F.C.T: So the background of all this, and the information that you gleaned before the trial, what was your impression Tommy, with regards to what was going on?

T.C: Well I was horrified. I mean, I can see this as normal - this is the way the police normally carry on, only it was much heavier than normal. But it was the same system they were using - the same fit up situation, only they were given more leeway, they were given no restrictions upon them - all that had been lifted, so they could beat people up all they like. I mean, it wasn’t uncommon to take people in for six hours, move them to another police station, then move them again to another station - effectively kidnap people - moving them for six hours, actually taking them in the back door and not registering them at the Sergeant’s desk, so when people came looking for them, they move them to another police station. They do that on odd occasions, but in this case, they were doing it universally.

F.C.T: The first time Tommy, that you sat down in the dock and the charges were read out, how did you feel then?

T.C: It feels as if somebody has hit you with a bucket of shit. It’s horrifying - it’s frightening and it’s horrifying. I don’t know if I’ve got the right to say it, but to me it’s like an insight into a rape victim - how a rape victim must feel to be violated. It felt like violation, you know? It felt as thought your soul was being soiled and violated. It was just absolute horror… just horror and disgust right through, right into the soul, you know. And rage, I mean… You can be pushed so far, you can be horrified so far, until it touches a point where they’ve gone beyond, all semblance of decency and normalcy. It touches a rage in you that just makes you angry.

F.C.T: The first day is crucial, purely because of, first of all, what you’ve experienced, then you’re removed from court, then you’re taken back to Barlinnie on remand, what was your first thought that night of the start of the trial?

T.C: Pantomime. Before I went to court, I went downstairs to the court to the cells to go into the van to be moved to Barlinnie, I knew I was in serious trouble - because I knew that I could get a fair trial at the High Court right. It’s not always easy, but I knew it that it could be done, with the right Counsel, fighting for your rights, as it could be done - you can get a fair trial. As I was going down the stairs, I thought, this is a pantomime - it’s not a trial, it’s a pantomime. This is nothing but tricks, this is nothing but playacting, this is eh, this is a farce - this is not a trial going on here, this is a farce and everybody knows it.

F.C.T: Could you sum up the public feeling and perception due to the media that was flying out?

T.C: Well, the media has me down as the Ice Cream War Baron, Ice Cream Killer… I mean, I remember a time where a girl, I think she was about nine or something reading a newspaper and it said something about ‘Ice Cream Killer Thomas TC Campbell’ and she looked at me with pure hatred in her eyes and asked, “Did you murder ice cream?”, because the headline has said ‘Ice Cream Killer’. “Did you murder ice cream?”. Now, that’s a child’s reaction, the adult…I mean, the general public would have just shot me. The kind of press that I was getting, I would’ve been executed on sight. If I had of walked out of that court, I would have been strung up by a mob, because, I mean… tried and convicted in the press before it went to court, it turned me into a monster before I even appeared in court.

F.C.T: The jury, although meant to be impartial, do you think they were affected by public opinion?

T.C: Absolutely. They were affected by the press, without any doubt about it. The press were writing a different trial, to me they were writing a different trial - I mean, I’m watching a trial , and reading it in the papers the next day, and it’s not the same trial. So it was totally prejudiced, totally warped, and something totally different.

 

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Other officers involved in building a case against Campbell and Steele have gone on to promoted posts within Strathclyde Police.

A force spokeswoman refused to say anything about the claims that witnesses were bullied.

She said: "It would be inappropriate to comment, as this case is going to appeal."

 

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Key-witness tapes are seized in a police raid.
Source: The Mail on Sunday (London, England)
Date: 6/16/2002
Author: Knowles, Matthew

Byline: MATTHEW KNOWLES

SECRET tapes which cast serious doubt on the credibility of the key Crown witness in the Lockerbie trial have been seized by police.

The recordings were taken in a raid on the home of private detective George Thomson.

They revealed how Maltese shop owner Tony Gauci had enjoyed holiday trips to Scotland and lavish hospitality organised by the police.

Last night, a row was raging over the raid and Lord Advocate Colin Boyd has been asked to explain exactly why officers seized the tapes, which had been secretly recorded by Mr Thomson.

MP Tam Dalyell, Father of the House of Commons, has written to Mr Boyd describing the action as a 'matter of deep concern'.

Mr Thomson's house in Tillicoultry, near Stirling, was raided on Monday afternoon - just days before Megrahi's Scottish lawyer, Eddie McKechnie, flew to Malta to investigate further claims relating to hospitality received by Mr Gauci from Strathclyde Police.

Eight officers from Strathclyde's anticorruption unit made a thorough search of the house before police seized a computer, recording devices, tapes and files.

Mr Thomson volunteered to accompany officers to Alloa police station where he was questioned for an hour before being released without charge.

Police claimed they were investigating allegations of corruption by one of their own witness protection officers.

But, 25 minutes into the questioning, Mr Thomson's solicitor, Gordon Ritchie, had to intervene to advise police that he had heard no questions about the alleged police corruption and only questions about Mr Thomson's investigation in Malta.

And a senior police source said last night: 'There is no evidence of corruption among officers. The target of the search was to seize any material held by Thomson in connection with the Gauci investigation.' Mr Gauci's evidence during the Lockerbie trial linked Megrahi to items found in the suitcase concealing the bomb which destroyed Pan Am flight 103.

Mr Thomson, a former police detective, travelled to Malta and secretly taped conversations with Mr Gauci. The Mail on Sunday published his findings in January.

Mr Gauci claimed he had been taken to Scotland by police on five or six occasions after the bombing.

Megrahi's appeal hearing was told by defence counsel William Taylor, QC, that Mr Gauci's evidence had been 'palpably unreliable'.

A Crown Office spokesman said of the raid: 'The investigation described is run by Strathclyde Police and is investigating suspected criminal conduct.'


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Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); 9/1/2005

REG McKAY'S current expose of Tam McGraw in the Daily Record is fascinating, but raises serious and disturbing questions about Strathclyde Police.

Have the policemen who"licensed" Tam McGraw ever been punished? The Scottish Executive must undertake a full investigation and take positive steps to remove the stench of corruption from our police service

J. Jess , Ayr

 

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BEGBIE MEETS FERRIS; CARLYLE TO PLAY CRIME BOSS IN BLOCKBUSTER.(Features)


Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); 1/19/2005

Byline: Cara Page and Karen Bale

HOLLYWOOD star Bobby Carlyle met crime boss Paul Ferris for lunch yesterday to plan their blockbuster movie.

The actor, who played psycho Begbie in Trainspotting, dined with the gun-runner at exclusive Glasgow hotel, One Devonshire Gardens.

And Carlyle revealed that his wife Anastasia insisted he was the right man to play the gangster after reading the book about his life, The Ferris Conspiracy.

Ferris, who rose to notoriety as a ruthless enforcer for Godfather Arthur Thompson, said afterwards: 'We found we had quite a lot of common ground between his upbringing and mine.

'He said if they're ever going to make a movie, then he's the ideal guy to play it. He said it was right up his street.'

The pounds 12million film with the working title Conspiracy will be the most expensive film ever shot in Scotland.

Carlyle, 43, and Ferris enjoyed a long lunch in Room - the posh restaurant in the West End hotel favoured by celebrities.

The pair sat in a small, secluded corner booth in a private room at the back of the low-lit restaurant.

Ferris dined on haggis, neeps and tatties while Carlyle plumped for chicken nuggets and chips.

The crime boss said: 'He asked me if it would glamorise violence but that's not the case. It's about keeping it real.

'It's about bullying I suffered as a youngster and corruption within Strathclyde Police and the things that influenced my choices in life.

'I answered many questions he had before he could ask them. The time just flew by.'

Ferris also insisted that he was not profiting from crime through the film, but quipped: 'I have to thank Strathclyde Police because if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be in this position today.'

He added: 'I know there are sceptics but I've paid my debt to society and have not even had a parking ticket since I was released from jail. There has been rehabilitation.'

Arriving for lunch dressed in a flimsy white shirt, Carlyle braved the freezing weather to dart from his black four--wheel- drive jeep up the restaurant steps.

Carlyle said: 'I'm only here to talk about a possible film deal. There's nothing definite - - I'm just talking about a possible film.'

But while the duo chatted over lunch, the boss of London-based Box Office Films was sorting out a deal with Carlyle's agent at another table.

The meeting is understood to have been arranged by Paul Kerr, brother of Simple Minds star Jim.

Box Office Films chief executive Craig Blake-Jones said: 'We had the discussion with Bobby and he wants to do it. But we haven't signed a contract.'

The movie will be filmed in and around Glasgow and film-makers hope Scots with no acting background will get involved.

Reg McKay, who co-wrote The Ferris Conspiracy, will help with the script.

Filming is expected to start in the autumn, with a release early next year.

 

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Call for inquiry after `ice-cream war' convictions quashed.(News)


The Independent (London, England); 3/18/2004; Bennetto, Jason

Byline: Jason Bennetto Crime Correspondent

TWO MEN jailed for life in 1984 for murdering a family in the Glasgow "ice-cream wars" had their convictions quashed yesterday after crucial police evidence was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Thomas "T C" Campbell, 51, and Joseph Steele, 42, were found guilty of killing six members of the Doyle family, including an 18-month-old, in an arson attack. But in what has become one of the most controversial miscarriages of justice cases in Scottish legal history, the two men succeeded yesterday in overturning their convictions after a 20-year campaign.

The Court of Appeal in Edinburgh ruled that evidence given by four police officers at the men's trial, in which they testified that Mr Campbell had confessed to the murders, was unreliable. Supporters of the two men are now calling for an independent inquiry.

The murder of the Doyle family took place against a background of a battle for control of the city's ice-cream business. The turf war was said to be connected to a lucrative trade in distributing drugs and stolen goods in the East End of Glasgow.

One ice-cream van driver, Andrew "Fat Boy" Doyle, refused to be intimidated into giving up his route. In February 1984, two shots were fired through the windscreen of his van while he was trading from it.

In the early hours of 16 April 1984, arsonists set fire to Doyles' tenement flat in Bankend Street, Ruchazie. Within minutes, Christine Doyle Halleron, 25, her 18-month-old son Mark, James Doyle Snr, 53, and his sons James Jnr, 23, Andrew, 18, and Anthony, 14, were dead.

It sparked a national outcry and, with pressure mounting on police to find those responsible, Mr Campbell and Mr Steele were arrested and charged within a month.

During their 27-day trial at the High Court in Glasgow four police officers testified that Mr Campbell had said: "I only wanted the van windows shot up. The fire at Fat Boy's was only meant to be a frightener which went too far." Three officers also testified against Mr Steele.

As soon as they were behind bars the two men began a high-profile campaign to prove their innocence. Mr Campbell has gone on several hunger strikes and Mr Steele has escaped from prison several times and on one occasion he glued himself to the gates of Buckingham Palace to highlight his case.

The pair were released on bail in late 1996 pending an appeal. The case came to court after a witness who gave crucial evidence at the trial, William Love, said he had lied under police pressure. But in February 1998 the men's appeal was rejected and they were returned to prison.

In 2001 the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which considers alleged miscarriages of justice, sent the case back to the appeal court.

The crucial police evidence was dismissed after Brian Clifford, a cognitive psychologist from the University of East London, gave evidence at the Court of Appeal hearing in Edinburgh last month. He told the court that he considered it "very improbable" that four police officers who detained Mr Campbell would have identical recall of his statement, which was written in their notebooks.

In Mr Steele's case, where three officers noted down his statement at a police station after speaking to the accused, Professor Clifford said it would be "an extremely unlikely occurrence" for all three to write down exactly the same thing.

In quashing the men's conviction Lord Gill, the Lord Justice Clerk, said: "The evidence of Professor Clifford is of such significance that the verdicts of the jury, having been returned in ignorance of it, must be regarded as miscarriages of justice."

A third man involved in this appeal, Thomas Gray, 50,who was jailed for 14 years for attempted murder, had his conviction upheld.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Campbell said: "It has been a living nightmare for us all and now half the battle is over but we have still no justice for the Doyle family. I don't expect any justice from the investigating police."

His solicitor, Aamer Anwar, added: "It was a malicious prosecution by Strathclyde Police. At the heart of this case was allegations of police corruption, officers of the law who conspired for nearly 20 years to keep these men behind bars. We demand a full independent inquiry into Strathclyde Police, into the allegations of corruption.

The Scottish Executive said it was too early to say whether a public inquiry would be held.


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Don't turn a blind eye - Audit Scotland's guidance on fraud or corruption.

 

For further practical guidance for whistleblowers, click here.

 

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Lesbian and Gay Police Association Representing gay law enforcement personnel in the United Kingdom, this site    View Full Version : American gay cops: History of GOAL/NY [1]  includes links for suggested reading and other references.Gay Officers' Action League The official site of GOAL New York, the first chapter in what has now become an unofficial network of GOAL groups around the country. Gay Cops, the book Two reviews of the book Gay Cops by Stephen Leinen.

 

The 1993 book is the result of a decade's worth of interviews with gay men and lesbians who wear the badge.

Gay and lesbian police officers face a complex work environment. Some are coming out, forming supportive alliances and taking a stand against homophobia. The younger generation of police officers has a more open-minded view of sexual orientation.

From the beat partol to the precinct house, gay and lesbian police officers are shatering the blue wall of silence.

Amid the flourishes of full police regalia, Officer Anthony Crespo beamed as he strode across a stage set up in front of New York City police headquarters to accept the Medal of Valor from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. On that crisp fall day last September, he became the first openly gay officer in the city's history to receive a medal for heroism.

 

Crespo was being honored for a 1995 incident in which he rescued a female cop being held at knifepoint by a suicidal man who had walked into the precinct station. Crespo shot the man, who later died, but not before the deranged man stabbed Crespo in the chest, puncturing his left lung. The Medal of Valor ceremony was "definitely the high point of my career," says Crespo, who is liaison officer to the gay and lesbian community in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

But the reactionary side of law enforcement was also on full display that day. Immediately after the ceremony Emergency Services Unit officer Lawrence Johnston, who had just received a medal presented by the Gay Officers' Action League for his bravery in ending a crazed man's shooting rampage in 1995, marched up to GOAL New York president Edgar Rodriguez and returned his medal.

Johnston declined to comment on his motivation, but Patrick Burke, a board member of Johnston's union, told the New York Post, "Personally, he has nothing against gays, but his wife and children felt humiliated" by his receiving a medal from GOAL.

 

Burke also noted that homosexuality "goes against [Johnston's] religious beliefs." In many ways these two events at the NYPD ceremony accurately portray the complex work environment faced by gay and lesbian officers in this most macho of professions.

 

There has been great progress since the early '90s, when Daryl Gates, the disgraced former Los Angeles police chief, smugly declared that there were no gay officers under his command. An increasing number of cops are bravely coming out and speaking their minds when they hear homophobic comments or witness unequal treatment of gays.

 

Organizations like GOAL and the Golden State Peace Officers Association, California's gay cop alliance, have further increased their clout. These efforts are already being felt by young openly gay officers like San Francisco's Michael Robison, who joined the force in 1992. "The older gay guys in the department were the first ones who were brave enough to be out," he says. "I'm treated like one of the guys."

 

Robison says that when work-related problems do arise, officers--who depend on one another for 100% support--feel free to talk to one another. "The `good ol' boys' system is on its way out, and the newer generation that's replaced them sees things from a more open-minded standpoint. We have a common saying among people in the department: `When you're at work you're all wearing blue.' I really hand it to the people who came out back then because they really-paved-the way for us."

Pressure is also being exerted from the outside. Unlike the U.S. military, where the Republican-controlled Congress has retained homophobic policies, local police departments are feeling the heat from city councils and progressive mayors to be more responsive to the communities they protect. Now, many cities have gay-sensitive police chiefs. "Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the world and has always had a thriving gay and lesbian community," wrote Bernard Parks, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, in a prepared statement to The Advocate.

 

Yet, he admits, "for many years there were no openly gay or lesbian employees in the LAPD." That's changing, however, as the nation's second largest city actively recruits gay men and lesbians. "There are now dozens of sworn and civilian personnel who openly identify themselves as gay or lesbian. Lesbians and gay men hold highly sensitive positions in elite units within the LAPD, such as the office of the chief of police, internal affairs, training division, and recruitment unit," according to Parks. "I am pleased with the work of these officers.

As chief of police, I set the tone for the LAPD. In that capacity I have made it quite clear that gay and lesbian officers will not be treated as second-class citizens by anybody under my command."

In fact, the LAPD even has an officer who works as a liaison to the gay and lesbian community. "It's an incredible opportunity to bridge the gap between an institution that has been known for not treating gays and lesbians fairly and a community that has been fearful of it," says Lisa Phillips; 39, the openly lesbian officer who holds the liaison position.

 

"Being openly gay allows me to stand in the middle and let both sides come together." Still, openly gay police officers are concentrated in urban areas and represent a small percentage of most forces. Today, there are only about 15 openly gay and lesbian sheriff's deputies out of 8,000 in Los Angeles County (which is a separate jurisdiction from that of the Los Angeles Police Department), according to LAPD officer A.J. Rotella, who is president of the Golden State Peace Officers Association. Yet even these small numbers are changing the homophobic ethos of entire departments.

Nearly all gay and lesbian cops have stories to tell about their own experiences with homophobia. The tales range from playful ribbing to the crassest kind of harassment imaginable. Most gay cops will say that they expect--and don't mind--a little good-spirited sexual banter on the job. But when teasing becomes persecution, gay officers, who can be forceful when necessary like most police officers,

increasingly won't tolerate it. Generally, lesbian officers seem to have less difficulty being out than gay men. "It's a lot easier being a lesbian cop than being a gay cop," says openly lesbian Travis County, Tex., sheriff Margo Frasier, who runs the county's 1,200-person sheriff's department. "The occupation is dominated by heterosexual males. There's this bizarre idea that a woman that's a lesbian is somehow one of the guys.

 

A gay officer is more of a threat to the whole macho mystique. The women in my department are much more open than the guys. There's no concern from the top, so it must come from other officers." Openly lesbian San Francisco police officer Paget Mitchell agrees. "Gay men always have it worse," says Mitchell, whose girlfriend, Susan Nangle, also is a San Francisco police officer. "My [male police] partners love the fact that I'm gay. They can now talk about their girlfriends with you.

 

They think women are women and gay women are cops." Like many women in law enforcement, Frasier began her career in the corrections department. Before affirmative action it was easier for women to get work in corrections than in police departments because of most states' requirements that female guards supervise women inmates. In many states women prison guards were not allowed to "go to codes"--prisonspeak for handling violent outbreaks--out of concern for their safety. But wardens quickly discovered that, compared to their male counterparts, female officers could often bring different skills to bear on volatile situations.

 

"We're not afraid to talk our way out of something," says Lt. Lena Van Dyke of New Jersey's Southern State Correctional Facility, who legally changed her last name for humorous effect. "It doesn't always have to be physical. When you've got two men face-to-face, you've got to prove who's the bigger. We can deescalate a situation a lot of times just by talking."

Many lesbian law enforcement officers say they have faced greater obstacles because of their sex rather than their sexual orientation. "I get strange looks sometimes from other sheriffs," says Frasier. "But that has a whole lot more to do with gender. They don't even get past that point to deal with the other issue. I have been the object of some very discriminatory behavior, but it doesn't have anything to do with my sexual orientation."

 

Today, Frasier is one of just 21 female county sheriffs out of some 3,200 in the country. The feelings of discomfort, however, seem to run much deeper with gay male cops. Before Rotella came out, he says, two officers tormented him relentlessly for eight months. "I had pictures of women with penises and my name on them placed in public settings," he says. "They put up a paper license plate on my truck that said, GAY 4 U."

 

Rotella says he went to his commander, who dismissed the officers' behavior as juvenile pranks. Rotella met with better results after taking his complaints to higher authorities. One of the offending officers, who was found to have been visiting similar terrors on at least four other officers, was dismissed from the force.

 

The other was suspended. But even, when the abuse is not so glaring, genuine discomfort with gay men often lurks just beneath a polite veneer. Officer Dave D'Amico, who is the only openly gay cop in the 70-officer Asbury Park, N.J., police force, notes the uneasiness he sees among straight officers when he conducts sensitivity-training classes.

 

"When you talk to straight men, if they think of two men kissing or making love, they get disgusted to the point where they're ready to throw up," he says. "If it's two women, they think it's a turn-on." LAPD police officer Jim Parker recalls an incident in which a group of straight male officers were chatting pleasantly with a well-respected openly gay officer. "As soon as he walked away, one guy said, `Can you believe a dick goes up that ass?'" Parker says. In the rough-and-tumble world of policing, nothing debunks a stereotype like a bit of heroics.

 

Last October openly lesbian Atlanta officer Pat Cocciolone was shot in the head at point-blank range responding to a domestic-violence call at the home of Gregory Lawler. Her police partner, John Sowa, was killed. Amazingly, Cocciolone survived and is recovering at home, according to a spokeswoman for the Atlanta police, who adds that Lawler has been charged with Sowa's murder and with aggravated assault on Cocciolone.

Investigators later uncovered a cache of firearms, bomb-making manuals, explosives, and literature on right-wing militia groups in Lawler's apartment. The task force investigating the bombings at Centennial Olympic Park in 1996 and an Atlanta lesbian bar in 1997 is conducting a probe on Lawler. Van Dyke, who is in charge of 63 officers at Southern State prison, recalls how she won the respect of her straight male peers.

 

"I work in an all-male prison," she says. "There were two guys fighting, and I took one of the guys down. From then on, I had earned mine." A slightly less risky way to put an end to the fag jokes is by court order and seven-figure jury awards. Rotella says he is suing his agency for the alleged incidents of harassment and also for discrimination, because he believes he has been passed over for promotion because he is gay.

 

The New York chapter of GOAL won the right to recruit officers during the New York City gay pride parade last year in a settlement reached with the department. Many local departments have abandoned the practice of questioning new recruits about their sexual orientation during polygraph tests because the practice violates many states' discrimination laws.

 

In Miami Beach, Fla., former police officer Peter Zecchini also is going to court. Zecchini says he experienced every cop's nightmare when--on five separate occasions in the early '90s--fellow officers refused to respond to emergency-backup calls. "Every policeman in the city is supposed to drop whatever they're doing and get over there if an officer needs emergency assistance," Zecchini told The Miami Herald.

 

"I was scared to death." If incidents like these could happen in a gay mecca like Miami Beach, such fears are exponentially greater among gay officers in rural and suburban areas, so the majority of gay cops in these areas remain closeted. Dave, 25, who had been out since high school, felt, compelled to go back in the closet when he made a career change and became a sheriff's deputy in an affluent Denver suburb. "It's extremely stressful," he says. "People make comments about gays that are not correct.

 

I'd like to stand up for myself. But I don't want to put myself in the position where one day I'm relying on one of these deputies to back me up and they don't come because I'm gay. This career depends on a team atmosphere. At this point I don't want to do that to myself." Many officers have adopted an informal "don't ask, don't tell" policy on the issue of their sexual orientation. Parker does nothing to conceal being gay, but because of his macho bearing many of his heterosexual peers assume he is straight.

 

Such unwarranted assumptions can lead to hilarious consequences. "My boyfriend is a cop too, and we've gone on patrol together," says Parker. "It's just really funny." Parker says he intends to remain closeted (although this story may open the door a little) until he has proved himself to other officers on the force. Most gay officers would agree with Parker's strategy. They say it's best to prove your mettle first and come out only after you are entrenched in the system, with allies to back you up. Officer Michael P. Carney, who joined the Springfield, Mass., police department in 1979, left the department in 1989 after a personal struggle with his sexual orientation led to heavy drinking and extreme depression.

 

After coming out Carney yearned to return to the career he loved so passionately. During his reinstatement hearing with the police commission, he came out to his interviewers. And despite a spotless record, the commission rejected his application three times. The day after Carney filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in 1992, his picture and his coming-out story were splashed across the front page of the local newspaper.

 

"That morning I received over a hundred phone calls from people I knew from high school, friends I hung out with, and officers I'd worked with," Carney says. "Everyone was calling me in support of me--not one negative thing.... Everybody was on my side." The commission eventually found "probable cause" that the Springfield Police Department had violated Carney's civil rights.

 

The police department agreed to reinstate him, though it refused to admit that it was guilty of any wrongdoing. Today, Carney works for the Springfield police chief and in November was a guest at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, during which he met President Clinton. D'Amico had been working for eight years in the New Jersey prison system before an incident gave him the courage to come out to his colleagues. "One day I was sitting in the officers' dining room," says D'Amico. "There was an inmate who walked by who was extremely thin and feminine in his characteristics.

 

He was HIV-positive. A very good friend of mine said, `Look at the faggot. All faggots should die of AIDS.' That angered me so much inside. It set something off. So I came out before a lineup, which was in front of 62 men and my lieutenant. I told everyone that I was gay and that if anyone had a problem with it that they could come talk to me. They thought it was a practical joke. They didn't believe it.

 

So I had a party with my lover. Seven straight cops came. I had to kiss my lover on the lips for them to believe that I was gay." D'Amico says he hasn't suffered any negative consequences from coming out, though several straight officers have tried unsuccessfully to convert him to heterosexuality. Even in rural areas a few trailblazers like prison officer Van Dyke are finding a surprising degree of acceptance after coming out.

 

"When we got married I had a reception here in town, and I had quite a few officers and their spouses," she recalls. "We have 100 houses in the town we live in. It's not like living in the city. These guys ride around with guns in their pickup trucks. We're real redneck. For them to accept me and to bring their wives and husbands, knowing what they were going to find--a lesbian marriage and a lesbian reception--is fantastic.

 

I'm accepted for my lifestyle and my partner the same way that anybody else is." The act of coming out for gay and lesbian officers is primarily about being able to be as open about their personal lives as their straight counterparts. In most cases they don't see their sexual orientation as relevant to their law-and-order duties. "When I'm at work I turn off my sexuality," says Rotella. "I'm there to do the job. The fact that I'm gay has nothing to do with my performance on the job. I don't wear a rainbow flag or pink triangle on my uniform that would denote me as a gay man."

 

There are, of course, occasions when an openly gay cop is better-suited than a straight one to tackle certain cases. In cities with large gay populations, police chiefs often find it preferable to have openly gay cops work on gay-bashing incidents and domestic-violence cases between same-sex partners.

 

"Gay people who I deal with out on patrol stereotype the police as being fascists," says Parker. "I have had gay guys say, `You wouldn't understand,' when I go to fights between them." When Parker reveals that he is gay, he says, the confidence level of the other party immediately increases. When the roles are reversed and gays and lesbians are themselves the perpetrators of crimes, most gay cops feel little sympathy. They believe that crimes like public sex and drug use in dance clubs should be prosecuted just like any other.

 

"The law is the law," stays Rotella. "I think that the [gay and lesbian] community should start taking responsibility and start discussing why some are in bathrooms playing around in the first place." In fact, most police departments require their officers to report any crime they see--on or off duty. "Our job is 24 hours," says Carney. "When I see something, I act on it. If that results in an arrest, then that's my job, and that's what I'm going to do. I might be helping somebody by locking them up.

 

I'm not going to enable somebody by looking the other way." Other officers take a less involved approach. "I'm not going to save the world," says one cop, who wanted to remain anonymous. "If I saw someone doing drugs, I would get away from it. None of my friends do drugs. But sometimes they'll introduce me to someone who does. They know immediately to tell their friends not to do it around me.

 

If I saw someone with a whole bag of crystal or K, that would be different." Scott Ouellette, a 33-year-old reserve officer in Los Angeles and Parker's boyfriend, also finds the prevalence of drugs in some gay circles a problem. "Walking the thin blue line in a world of circuit parties and drugs is the greatest challenge for me, says Ouellette, who enjoys attending dance parties but is reminded that he is always on duty.

Although much progress has been made in police departments in the past few years, change comes grudgingly. But the bravery of a handful of gay and lesbian cops in departments across the country means that local police forces will at least be forced to take a hard look at discrimination and harassment laws that apply elsewhere in the country.

 

Today's young recruits bring a more sophisticated worldview to their jobs than most of their predecessors, and that includes respect for gays and lesbians. Just ask Officer Carney, who had to return to the police academy, which he had originally attended 16 years earlier, as a condition of his reinstatement in 1994. Though he was a student, Carney was asked to teach the sensitivity and hate-crimes classes.

 

He took the opportunity to come out to his class. The fallout? Carney was so popular with his classmates that they elected him sergeant at arms. "I had a blast," Carney recalls. "I'm out as a gay police officer with a bunch of 19-year-old recruits. They were all great. They all looked up to me. It really blew me away." Carney, then 34, went on to break the police academy record for the 1.5-meter run. At graduation he won a physical training award.

"Most of the recruits who graduated with me went to the captain and asked to work with me in the car because they wanted to learn from someone with experience," Carney says. "That's what this job is about. It's not about who you are. It's about working together as a team. So many things have happened for the better since I've come out. It's hard to look back now and see how many years I was so miserable."

RELATED ARTICLE: OUT BEHIND THE BADGE

Edgar Rodriguez Age: 37 Rank: Sergeant City: New York "In a country where the suicide rate is highest among gay and lesbian youths, being a visible gay police officers makes you a real-life role model and a symbol of hope." Michael P. Carney Age: 37 Rank: Officer, liaison to the chief of police City: Springfield, Mass. Philosophy: "Being a police officer is my whole life; being gay is just a small part of me."

 

Jim Parker and partner, Scott Ouellette Ages: 35, 33 Ranks: Officer, reserve officer City: Los Angeles Parker's philosophy: "Sometimes the stereotypes of people in the gay community--thinking that all cops are straight--affect me more than any discrimination I face at work." Noah Hargett Age: 36 Rank: Probation officer City: Newburg, N.Y. Philosophy: "I try to be fair to everyone, but it's hard when you see gays guys come through the system, because you know that they are going to get picked on."

 

Margo Frasier Age: 44 Rank: Sheriff, Travis County, Tex. City: Austin "If you can tell my sexual orientation by how I carry out my duties as sheriff, then I do have a problem.

 

" Lena Van Dyke Age: 47 Rank: Lieutenant, South State Correctional Facility City: Heislerville, N.J. Philosophy: "If you are out in your department, your department is going to be more aware of the homosexual community when they are dealing with it."

 

Anthony Crespo Age: 32 Rank: Officer City: New York Philosophy: "It's important for people to come out and be who they are so that they can be role models to the youth and others in the community."

 

Dave D'Amico Age: 27 Rank: Officer City: Asbury Park, N.J. Philosophy: "Being an openly gay police officer, I'm committed to serving the gay community as a positive role model. We need more professionals who are not afraid to stand up and say, `I'm gay.'"

 

Mike Robinson Age: 29 Rank: Officer City: San Francisco "It's not a job that you take for the money. It's a calling for people who want to help other in the community."

 

Paget Mithell Age: 33 Rank: Officer City: San Francisco "Because I can be myself at work, I am able to concentrate on the business of policing and enjoy a healthy and happy relationship at home."

 

Susan Nangle Age: 28 Rank: Officer City: San Francisco "I am lucky enough to work in a city where being gay is a nonissue. Because of this, work is work, and my private life is my own."

RELATED ARTICLE: CYBERPATROL

Gay and lesbian cops are everywhere--even in cyberspace. Here are some Web sites for people who are already on the force and for those thinking about joining.

 

NYPD Pride Alliance Representing the interests of lesbians and gay men in blue of the New York City Police Department, the alliance maintains this site, which provides the group's mission statement and by-laws as well as links to other gay police groups.

http://www.aol.com/nypdpride/Index.html

Golden State Peace Officers Association of Southern California This site features a whimsical graphic of a pair of pigs jumping for joy and tips members off to the annual "Pigs in Paradise" weekend getaway in the resort town of Palm Springs, Calif.

http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/3780

Lesbian and Gay Police Association Representing gay law enforcement personnel in the United Kingdom, this site includes links for suggested reading and other references. Gay Officers' Action League The official site of GOAL New York, the first chapter in what has now become an unofficial network of GOAL groups around the country.Gay Cops, the book Two reviews of the book Gay Cops by Stephen Leinen.

The 1993 book is the result of a decade's worth of interviews with gay men and lesbians who wear the badge.


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It is no doubt hard to comprehend that one day you are a police officer and the next you are accused of perjury, put on trial and clearly exonerated but without an apology.

Shirley McKie is a very lucky woman if she was convicted she would have experienced what TC Campbell, Joe Steele and many others had to endure whilst locked up for DECADES constantly protesting their innocence and no one wants to know.

 

Now Mr McKie is ready to fight and defend her daughter whilst Shirley heads off to Australia to try and rebuild her life and all the TEAM here wish her a speedy recovery and most importantly of all PEACE..................

 

Her father, Iain, said last night: "Shirley needs to heal, but how can she recover from post-traumatic stress when she is bombarded with e-mails and calls every day from people who want to know how she's coping? "She's not rejecting Scotland. Shirley loves the country and thanks everyone who has supported her, but now she needs time away from it all to come to terms with what has happened and finally move on."

 

Ms McKie, 43, has relatives in Australia and, according to her father, initially hopes to spend "several months" with them before coming to a conclusion about where she will settle. Her father added: "What she wants in the short term is to get away from Scotland because she cannot escape this story, even although she's stopped reading newspapers and watching the news on TV.

 

"People come up to her in the street all the time and people come into the gift shop she's been working in and they all want to know how she is and how she's coping. "Of course, she'd be coping a lot better if she wasn't reminded about the affair the whole time. So Shirley has come to the conclusion that the only way to get a break is to leave the country."


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A special page for police officers............  

                                                      

Police officers - please see a discussion  document that

defines police corruption, that is located near the beginning of

the articles section.

 

Think about this, many of you may object to the idea of

this site, encouraging police victims to consider actions, or

for others to discover some of the many dishonest practices used by the

British police.Within this document created a few years ago

many of the arguments we hear to excuses dishonest action by police

officers is considered.

 

When you are a victim of the police I can tell you it is worse than

being the victim of other criminal groups because we know we have

no one to protect us or to stop such actions occurring again.

The very people others may mistakenly believe are there to protect

them are the threat.

 

Sufficiently corrupt officers may wish to interfere with our servers

for this site, but I should point out that the web addressing system

is controlled from outside the UK, and we can switch these over so

that the information on backup servers in other countries come on

line very quickly.In addition interfering with our server arrangements

will effect many other organizations within the UK, guaranteeing

press interest.

 

We will not name corrupt police officers by name or give details

to allow them to be identified on the net.

Nor will we name people tricked into being accomplices of them.

Should at any time we decide to change this policy we will give

2weeks notice here.

Hopefully in the future an honest and just complaints system will be

fully implemented, and then you may actually stick to the full spirit

of PACE.

 

However it is my view that large claims and complaints from

insurers is more likely to have an effect on cleaning up dishonest

police practices than governments suggesting that you police

yourselves better.

 

To honest officers:

Please see our discussion paper on police corruption at the start

of the articles section. Are you honest, truthful, and not use any of

the corrupt practices outlines.

If you are honest, then this site should help you to spread honest

practices and help to make other officers consider their errant ways.

 

We appreciate that you are in a minority and many people just cant

stick the culture of corruption, racialism and other questionable traits

that has developed, and that for many the only answer ultimately is

to leave.

 

However we don't want honest officers to leave, although

in a minority and with custom and practice many of your senior

officers will have become used to looking the other way or arranging cover

ups, if the system is ever to become changed it is necessary for good

honorable people to stay, and even perhaps become whistle blowers.

 

Corruption Defined:

The following document was produced by New Atlantis is 1998 or

early 1999, as a discussion document ahead of the Independent

Inquiry Society starting their study of police corruption within the UK.

 

It attempts to define corruption, not as just police officers receiving

brown enveloped stuffed with money, but other corrupt practices

that had been encountered during other investigations.

We could expand this list now, but for now have left the old document

that many officers and others have seen in the past.

 

Corruption defined:

If you look through official papers and reports you see corruption

featured. for example in the police inspectorates annual report.

It is said to be a minority of bad apples. 

 

Message to individual police officers:

 

You hear us talk of corruption and you close ranks, None you know

of.The problem is perhaps in the definition of corruption.

You in most cases are thinking of corruption in terms of payments

received by officers for advantage by criminal groups.

By this definition the police inspectorate and others are correct,

their are a few bad apples.

 

They exist in small numbers in every police force in the UK.

Yes you have had rule changes about evidence levels needed to

throw them out.

 

Our definition is wider, If you do something to the benefit of a friend,

retired police officer, or so someone supports any cause charity or

individual even if you make no personal gain, if it is to the

detriment of someone else it is corruptions.

 

If you use 'can say' statements to make witnesses say what you

want them to or trick, induce, seduce or by other means get a

witness to say something that they would not freely do it

is corruption.

 

If you take action designed or that you know will destroy any

persons living, business, relationships or reputation and this is

outside PACE (police and criminal evidence act) or is beyond the

minimum necessary to look for evidence this is corruption.

 

If you stop a person from gaining access to information that

would allow them to prove themselves innocent this is corruption.

 

If you suppress or hide information, alibis or evidence, or merely

omit to make the facts known openly available to the defense

then this is corruption.

 

To create phony charges that have no basis in fact mealy to

get a defendant remanded is corruption.

 

To get a defendant remanded without real and just cause or

to prevent them from pulling together a proper defense is

corruption.

 

To leak information to others knowing they will be likely to

intimidate defense witnesses is corruption.

 

Top fail to look at the motives of those making accusations,

and where this is obviously the cause of unsubstantiated

complains is corruption.

 

To hold prisoners without proper food drink and representation

or to threaten coerce or  intimidate prisoners is corruption.

 

To give false evidence, falsify records, statements, selectively use

partsof information where you know it does not give a fair

representation is corruption.

 

To target a person so as to fit them up, in order to create

favorable statistics is corrupt.

 

To target a person with leaning difficulties or anyone else

unable to protect themselves from evil is corruption.

 

To operate a rotary door policy where criminals are set free in

exchange for giving a story against another, often so as to

gain more prosecutions for statically reasons as opposed to

prosecuting criminals is corrupt.

 

To purposely allow a criminal to go free, or to avoid detecting

a crime so as to increase overtime or for some other reason is

corruption.

 

To take an easy suspect and manufacture a case to

save time, or through laziness to fail to fully investigate other

options is corruption.

 

To do anything else which is dishonest or

to the detriment of an innocent person gaining the end of a

persecution is corruption.

  

The war on crime argument.

You may have been persuaded that some guilty people will

escape what you are told is justice.

 

That it is a war, and that you cannot win a war by playing

according to the rules.

 

That some casualties in war are unavoidable.

 

The problem is the Innocent victims of the police

play by the rules while those with experience as well as paid

advisors do not.

 

The everyone does it argument:

 

Yes, you start as a flat foot, pound the beat, sort out the drunks,

eventually perhaps you get a chance to get involved in something

more interesting or into CID.

 

Other officers show you how its done.

 

Time is limited you need to make an impression, perhaps some

niceties get overlooked, perhaps the gang attitude prevailing

means you get carried along with the lynch mob.

 

Before long the occasional slip has become standard practice.

 

Time is short, particularly where time has been spent on an

investigation you feel the need for something to show for all

those hours. 

 

After all everyone else does it, Dixon of Dock Green  no longer has a

place in the modern police force.

 

Your involved in a war of crime, not a social worker.Stop.

 

As soon as you are involved in corruption, you are a criminal,

so is it a war on crime or a gangland war you think you are in?

 

We cant get prosecutions without argument:

A vast section of the population has lost all confidence in the police,

most would rather avoid than help, many of your superiors

have very limited ability, and often the criminals are perceived to

be more intelligent or have better resources.

 

You act as a gang for your own protection, and because you

have few friends in the community, old style policing is largely gone.

 

You realise that the spiral of corruption is becoming wider known

and therefore the amount of free help you can get from the

public is reducing.

 

Most reasonably well educated people will either avoid helping or

bring a solicitor with them even when making a witness statement.

 

Back some time ago, when aprentiships was common people could

either have an aprentiship or stay on to gain qualifications

for an office job.

 

If they did not get the qualifications, then they could not then get

an aprentiship and was left with military service or passing the far

easier police entry exams.

 

Many who stayed on but were not up to GCE,ended up in the

police, now these people are 50 or more and are running

the show.

 

OK some are not the brainiest, but do they need to be.

 

All they have to do is follow the rules, and collect information.

 

Probably a larger problem is that they are also poor people

managers, but that is not an intelligence problem just a case of

selecting from the ranks as opposed to selecting from the

wider population.

 

Moving officers fairly frequently in an attempt to avoid opportunities

for cash corruption also means skill in a specialty is not gained.

 

Added to this compared with other countries we have very little

training and a legal system that no-one understands.

 

What can you do.

You could leave, as you will know many honest officers can nolonger

stomach what is happening, don't feel they can do anything about it

and feel the need to all show a united front.

 

We don't want you to leave, that will not cure the problem, it just

means that more corrupt officers get promoted faster.

 

We realise you are in a paramilitary gang style organisation, and

as an individual you can do very little.

 

But start working on your colleagues, get them to do a little more work,

and point out their victims to them.

 

We would welcome you to join New Atlantis, yes you need

to behave honorably.

 

Do it openly, if you can, you will get problems, but document these,

and whenthe time comes publish.

 

If you have to leave the police force, due to intimidation or bullying

tell your local press, they problem will not cover it, but eventually

they may get the massage.What would we like.

 

An amnesty, a full stop, and start again. From that point corruption

within the police is not accepted by any of you.Never ever again.

 

Police officers, solicitors and others offered a two month amnesty

where if they admit the various miscarriages of justice, corrupt

practices used and fake evidence created they will not be

prosecuted.

 

Where they have many years of corrupt practices that have

effected thousands of victims they may need to be given longer

to complete the full disclosure process.They have to say who else was involved.

 

A commission of independent people who would look at misdeeds in

the past and try to put as much right as they can, this means

getting innocent people out of prisons fast, giving compensation

in some cases, setting the record straight and in effect society

saying sorry to those who it has let down so badly.

 

By the use of computers and the commission to identify those

corrupt officers who have not come forward and to immediately

suspend them without pay until the case against them is

investigated.

To establish a complaints investigation group, made up of some

military intelligence, honest officers and members of the public,

to follow up all complaints from this point on very rapidly and to

maintain records of complaints made to spot patterns emerging.

To establish a justice department that takes a first look at all cases

to see if their is any reason to proceed with any prosecution, and in

every case where it can to find another arrangement that allows

the individual to become a valid member of society.

 

Not realistic

Some may say these ideas are not realistic, that too many people

have their snout in the trough, that the best officers have got out

and only the scum is left.

That these thugs that run our police force, the gangs, don't mix with

ordinary people, and protect their own.

But the spiral is gaining momentum, more corrupt actions go on now

than last year, and so on.

 

Eventually the society that you live in will not only not work with you,

but turn against you.

You know that, and many police stations are now being created

castle likefor defending, but you are a minority, you can only

operate with the will of the people.

 

Do something quick or it may be too late.

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Mother wins sex bias case against police...

A SINGLE mother has won a victory against Scotland's largest police force after launching a sex discrimination claim in a dispute over shift patterns.

Liz Devine, 45, quit her job as a support worker at Cumbernauld Police Station after her bosses forced her to work night shifts.

 

She began a legal action against the force, which ended yesterday when the two parties settled out of court, with Strathclyde Joint Police Board paying Ms Devine a "substantial" sum.

Ms Devine's son Paul was 13 when, in 2003, she was told her work pattern would change from working two daytime shifts to three shifts, including one through the night.

The single mother was able to struggle on working the new shift pattern for about a year by taking leave when she was supposed to be on night shifts or by getting friends and family to look after her son.

Ms Devine enlisted the support of the Equal Opportunities Commission Scotland, which submitted a formal complaint to her employers.

She was eventually offered a relocation which would have involved working fewer nights.

But when she found out the move would also involve a substantial drop in salary, Ms Devine, who was earning about £18,000 a year in her job dealing with inquiries and emergency calls at the police station, left her post and launched a claim against her employers for indirect sexual discrimination.

Last night Ms Devine said she wanted her case to highlight the difficulties many single mothers face holding down a job while looking after their children.

She said:

"In the end I had no choice. They were digging their heels in and I was more or less forced to leave. I am delighted that it has been recognised that I was not treated in a fair and reasonable manner."

Strathclyde Police has introduced a more family-friendly pilot shift pattern which is currently being tested in one of the force's divisions.

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COPS: MAKE DRUGS LEGAL
 

SCOTLAND'S street cops yesterday called for drugs to be legalised.

The Scottish Police Federation said officers were losing the war on dealers and a different approach was needed.

They believed a regulated drugs industry would take the power from criminals attracted by huge profits.

The issue was debated at the federation's annual conference in Peebles.

Inspector Jim Duffy, of Strathclyde Police, said: "We are not winning this war and not coming close to winning.

"I do not want this to be seen as a surrender or withdrawal. What we are seeking is new weapons and tactics. The status quo isn't an option."

 

But Strathclyde Police sergeant Kenny Simpson said: "The public, on listening to this, are entitled to ask, 'Have the police lost the plot?'

"It is naive to think if we legalise drugs, criminals would just move on."

 

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Mr. McFall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what reports the Lord Advocate has received, and when, from Strathclyde police on their internal investigations into allegations of corrupt links between police officers and organised crime; what action he has taken in respect of these reports; and if he will make a statement. [26917]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate informs me that this matter was first reported to the regional procurator fiscal at Glasgow on 2 June 1995.

 

The regional procurator fiscal has been kept regularly informed of progress in the investigation by Strathclyde police into a number of allegations by a convicted criminal about the conduct of some of its officers and the activities of prominent criminals in the Glasgow area.

 

The regional procurator fiscal has in turn kept the Crown Office fully informed and, where appropriate, Crown counsel's instructions have been obtained concerning relevant aspects of the investigation.

 

The investigation is continuing under the independent guidance and direction of the regional procurator fiscal. It would be entirely inappropriate to disclose details of the allegations or of the investigation.

 

 


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ONE OF the men cleared of Glasgow's Ice-Cream War murders has demanded a face-to-face meeting with Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Willie Rae.

Thomas ‘TC' Campbell is demanding a direct apology from Strathclyde Police in a letter he delivered to force headquarters in Pitt Street.

Through his lawyer Aamer Anwar he has also demanded an independent inquiry into claims of corruption within the force.

The letter also demanded that the murder investigation be reopened and called for justice for the Doyle family.

And it called for a probe into claims from other accused people that they too were framed by Strathclyde Police.

If Mr Campbell is not satisfied with the police response then he would seek a civil action against the force.

Mr Campbell, 51, and Joe Steele, 42, were convicted in 1984 of the murder of six members of the Doyle family at their home in Ruchazie.

Both men were cleared on Wednesday after a third appeal saw their convictions quashed.

Mr Campbell said : "I hope this achieves an investigation into police malpractice. An apology would also be a start.

"This was not a battle I wanted to take up but I have no choice.

"I hope it will achieve an investigation to keep things going for the Doyle family."

Aamer Anwar, of Glasgow-based solicitors Beltrami Berlow, is acting only for Mr Campbell in the case.

He said: "It is not acceptable for Strathclyde Police to say that it will investigate itself.

"We are asking for an immediate apology to be issued by the Chief Constable for the actions of his officers in what is probably Scotland's greatest miscarriage of justice.

"As the Chief Constable, he is responsible not just to Mr Campbell, but also to the people of Glasgow and Scotland to be seen acting in the right manner."

Mr Campbell will also be seeking compensation for his time spent in prison.

Mr Anwar added: "Strathclyde Police says there is no new evidence or line of inquiry, but the Chief Constable has a responsibility to reopen the murder inquiry."


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