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Untouchables: Dirty Cops, Bent Justice and Racism in Scotland Yard Hardcover – 28 Sep 2004
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Untouchables is an integrity test on Scotland Yard. It is the result of a six-year investigation into how the most powerful police force in the United Kingdom claims to tackle corruption, racism and mismanagement within its own ranks. In 1993, the Yard set up a secret anti-corruption operation run by undercover cops whose existence was known to only a few senior officers. The Ghost Squad operated for five years ? spying, lying and concealing information ? with no independent oversight. In 1998, its shadowy detectives went public as the Untouchables ? their motto: ?Integrity is Non-Negotiable?. Commissioner Sir John Stevens promised they would bring bent and unethical colleagues to justice. But instead of thorough corruption investigations, there was corruption management. Instead of justice and accountability, there was cover-up. Based on official documents and over 1,000 interviews ? with criminals, supergrasses, police whistleblowers, former anti-corruption officers and judges, many of whom have never spoken out before, let alone on the record ? Untouchables is in the best tradition of hard-hitting expose journalism, naming names and packed with revelations.It tells the secret history surrounding the Jill Dando case and the key unsolved murders of Daniel Morgan, David Norris, Stephen Lawrence and Rachel Nickell. The authors also expose the buried history of the biggest armed robbery in British criminal history ? the 26 million Brinks Mat gold bullion heist, which is still dogging Scotland Yard on its 21st anniversary. Untouchables presents a timely and well-evidenced case for a fully independent system of policing the police.
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Never has the question been more apt or urgent for we have in our country a police force whose culture is warped and subjective. No longer are they the neutral objective force of the past.
In part this is due to poor recruitment, low educational standards and, in particular, very poor training.
The revelations over the deliberate cover-up by very senior officers in the Hillsborough disaster,the stitch-up of Mitchell and the fact that a record number of police officers are being investigated for corruption is deeply worrying. There are some 250 cases every month-a rise of 62% from 2011. The cases cover bribery, fraud, lying and disclosing information (for money) to criminals and other third parties. These statistics have been revealed by the HMIC in December 2012. Those being investigated or been sacked include Chief Constables, and other very senior officers.
The reputation of the police is in tatters. The ordinary citizen has no faith in their ability to act fairly and honestly. Integrity is a joke when applied to our police.
This book therefore MUST be read by all those concerned with seeing that the corrupt among our law enforcers are exposed and dismissed.
Thank goodness all police officers are not like that but on the basis of the content of the book the Met is a law unto itself. Revealing readin but an indictment on the officers concerned who range from the bottom to the top of the rank structure and on the "bosses" who promoted them kn owing what they were.
The authors of this tome, Gillard and Flynn, have done an astoundingly good job. It represents the culimination of years of research, interviews and dozens of cases. The book follows the course of several stories of victims, clean police officers, 'supergrasses', corrupt officers and broken families woven together in an often-thrilling always-compelling matter. This book reads like the plots of the best crime films you've ever seen put to paper. Unbelievably compelling. If you have faith in the Met and its ability to police itself, this will shatter your misconception. If you've been eagerly following the hacking saga, then this will make the perfect compliment.
It's truly fearsome how these officers (varying in levels of seniority) have been able to act, stich-up, mislead the public and parliament and get away with it time and again. So many unsolved cases. Too many families desperately trying to search for justice. Too many unanswered questions.
If this was a work of fiction, it would be extremely compelling. The fact that it's woven from truth is horrifying. You must read this book.
There were times, too, when the style grated on me - repeated references to 'the ginger haired giant' and so on. It felt sloppy, and often the stories didn't quite come to life. I'd recently read 'Undercover: The True Story Of Britain's Secret Police' and this was a much more satisfying read. You got a much better feel for the characters involved and found yourself caring about what happened to them - in this book it all felt like a long list of transgressions, not properly fleshed out in spite of a commendable level of research.
Somehow all the things they've uncovered deserve better presentation.
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We talk about other countries, why don't we get our house in order before go banging on some else's door.
Brilliant book need the next one now!!!
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