Has anyone been shocked by the level of collusion between some senior officers in the Metropolitan Police and journalists from the News of the World? I have been astounded by the double dealing in the application of standards throughout my police service never more highlighted than when senior officers get in the mire. Only on this occasion, they have no-one else to blame other than themselves.
However, the difficulty I have with the scenarios that I have seen throughout the press and media relating to our old favourites Andy Hayman and John Yates is how a Federated Rank would be dealt with in a similar situation. I am certain that there would have been criminal enquiries into the conduct of an officer facing such allegations but, it seems that officers of this rank simply cast it aside with a flippant flick of their wrist or phrase.
The evidence against John Yates includes the press seemingly wishing to call in favours or bottles of champagne as they call them. The evidence that meals and drinks were paid for on Police credit cards is offensive to my integrity and when I feel that something is wrong, it normally is. Even if he paid the money back. The fact that he wined and dined journalists at super expensive restaurants is highly unprofessional.
The public need to know that the police is at serious risk of being fatally undermined by managers like these. In the latest news it seems that at least 2 police forces are seeking to outsource crime investigation and street patrols in a multi-billion pound package. Money which would be better spent by ACPO Ltd and the Police Authorities on real police. Otherwise, make sure you have your credit card handy when you want to report a crime!!!
Is it any wonder when the calibre of Senior ACPO rank feel that it is in order to consort with the press? The mere fact that they chose to do so, should be investigated in the same way I would be. When will someone get a grip?