Bent. Australia's Crooked Cops by James Morton, Susanna Lobez

By James Morton, Susanna Lobez

All police forces nice and small have had incidents of corruption that bedevil the hundreds of thousands of respectable officials who serve the general public. Morton and Lobez have illustrated, in different Gangland books, that Australia probably has out-ganged different international locations and that during phrases of Aussie Stings, Australia cons above its weight. Now they flip their highlight on substantial undesirable law enforcement officials. So how does Australia fare within the police corruption stakes? And which kingdom wins the bent cop handicap? Lobez and Morton learn the issues from the touchdown of the 1st Fleet via to the current day the worries because of greed, strength, drink, intercourse, cash and extra latterly medications. They examine the Australian reviews in all states with corruption in the United States, England and Hong Kong, concentrating specifically on organised corruption from most sensible to backside and the involvement of judges, legal professionals and politicians. And which kingdom has the shadiest police officers? you'll be stunned.

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The night watch and the rowboat guard were appointed in 1789 from ‘the ranks of the best behaved of the convicts’. In 1790 the night watch was replaced by the Sydney Foot Police, which continued as one of the organised forces until the amalgamation of New South Wales colonial police forces in 1862. Strangely, it was often not the ‘best’ of convicts who turned gamekeeper but the worst. For example, Thomas Chalkley had only been in the police a month before he was ‘disarmed’ by bushrangers. The suspicion, however, was that he had cooperated with them, for they were his associates.

Olivia Monaghan, a PhD candidate studying with Holmes who is looking at police corruption in Australia, raises other concerns about officers providing free security for McDonald’s: it may not be fair to competing businesses and could detract from the police officers official capacities. If McDonald’s wants security officers it should hire them, she argues. At its most simple, police corruption can be divided into two categories. First, there is ‘bent for self’ and, second, there is ‘bent for the job’—so-called noble cause corruption.

CONTENTS Acknowledgements 1 From ‘Bent for the Job’ to Downright Criminal: The Five Stages of Corruption 2 Doomed to Be Bad 3 Spooks, Strikes and Scandals: Victoria 1920–1946 4 Chief Commissioner William John MacKay: Police Reformer, Crooked Bully or Both? 5 Ray ‘Gunner’ Kelly and Co: Princes of the City 6 MacKay’s Legacy: Cops and Crooks in Cahoots 7 Whistleblowing v The Brotherhood: And the Winner Is … 8 Victoria from the 1960s: From Abortionists and Bully Boys to Zebra and Zulu 9 Two Coppers, Two States: Paul Higgins and 10 Noble Cause Corruption and the Art of Extracting a Confession 11 Drugs: An Irresistible Temptation 12 Sir Terence and Co: The Long and Winding Road to Fitzgerald 13 The Fitzgerald Commission and after 14 In and out of the Wood 15 The Twenty-First Century: Dangerous Liaisons 16 Controlling Corruption: Where to from Here?

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