Monday, August 17, 2009
Stings reveal corrupt police
Between a third and half of police officers and staff are believed to fail entrapment-type tests for corruption, reports The Sydney Morning Herald today.
The tests involve fake drug labs and sham bribery offers. State police forces have used the strategy for some time and now the Australian Federal Police are looking to adopt it.
The use of drug busts as a prime temptation in these stings illustrates the high correlation between prohibition and corruption, one of the core reasons why ever-tougher prohibition measures will never prevent drug use.
The insidious nature of corruption was revealed when the Police Association warned that the police conducting the tests might themselves be corrupt.
''Corruption is its most serious when those who are tasked with seeking out corruption are themselves corrupt," said a spokesperson.
Comforting, isn't it?