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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

By johnboy 10 December 2008 23

Since Plato’s day (~400BC) the regulation of police forces has been on the public record as a vexed issue. It was probably a problem long before that.

The Canberra Times reports that more Australian Federal Police were caught being bad in the last reporting period (2007/8) than the one before that. 295 up from 92.

This is from a slightly smaller number of complaints.

It could be they’ve gotten better at exposing their own misconduct, or it could be there is more misconduct.

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dragonflygal 8:47 pm 10 Dec 08

I’ve dealt with the AFP twice this month, due to a car accident in which I was at fault. Firstly they came to the Emergency department to see me on the day of the accident, where they not only were very kind and more interested in my wellbeing than making me go through the details of the accident. They also went to the effort of bringing some of my personal effects which I’d left in my car.
Then when making my statement and doing the paperwork, the office I dealt with was very pleasant and helpful.
There happened to be an interesting character in the station at the time who wanted to make a complaint about the NSW police, and the officer dealing with her was very polite and courteous to her, despite it being obvious she had a drug problem and wasn’t the most eloquent of people…
There are bad eggs in every industry, and I’m sure that being a police officer and dealing with the people they do, day in and day out, would lead to many frustrations. There are absolutely people in the police force who are there for the wrong reason or have become jaded or lack ethics – but tarring the whole lot with the same brush is fairly unfair.
It’s a shame policing has become more about filling in paperwork than it is about actual on the beat policing…

Special G 7:42 pm 10 Dec 08

Do all the complaints about the watch house staff classify as 3 complaints each time or just one against 3 officers – then when they are substantiated is it one or three for the stats? Bear in mind a substantiated complaint may well be “The officer told me to F%#K OFF” as well as major misconduct as mentioned in the article.

bigred 5:18 pm 10 Dec 08

I always try to judge local plod on recent experience because there have been many changes over time. Needed to ring them to deal with an emergency. Got through. Cops came. Situation dealt with quickly. Plod OK with me this month.

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