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New PDF release: Bent. Australia's Crooked Cops

By James Morton, Susanna Lobez

All police forces nice and small have had incidents of corruption that bedevil the millions of first rate officials who serve the general public. Morton and Lobez have illustrated, in numerous Gangland books, that Australia most likely has out-ganged different nations and that during phrases of Aussie Stings, Australia cons above its weight. Now they flip their highlight on titanic undesirable law enforcement officials. So how does Australia fare within the police corruption stakes? And which country wins the bent cop handicap? Lobez and Morton research the issues from the touchdown of the 1st Fleet via to the current day the concerns attributable to greed, energy, drink, intercourse, funds and extra latterly medicinal drugs. They examine the Australian reports in all states with corruption in the USA, 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 country has the shadiest police officers? you'll be stunned.

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He was found not guilty, but after that his first marriage broke up. A year later he married a policewoman. On 10 April 1980 security cameras picked out a man in a Torrensville bank robbery and, to the shock of officers, it appeared to be Creed. He was questioned, brazened things out and, when he was not identified in a parade, was allowed to go home. That night he vanished. Two rapes followed immediately, both at knifepoint, and he carried out a bank robbery at Glenelg the following month. While on the run he wrote a letter of resignation from the force.

Multiple jail escapees such as Brenden Abbott might disagree. Police who turn corrupt are, like fallen angels, often fascinating, and Australia has provided rather more than its fair share of them. This book is an informal, to an extent selective, and certainly condensed, account of corruption by police, politicians and lawyers from the arrival of the First Fleet to the present, with an added glimpse of the future. It is not a reflection on the hundreds of thousands of honest and decent officers who have struggled to maintain the integrity of their forces.

Standish died in the club on 19 March 1883 of cirrhosis of the liver. He is said to have converted to Catholicism on his deathbed. His appropriate legacy is the Standish Handicap, run at Flemington on New Year’s Day. Another Standish favourite was Superintendent Frederick J Winch, who had joined the force as a cadet in 1852. When Standish summoned Winch from Ballarat, he arranged for a house in Punt Road to be made ready for him, using police as labour and government supplies and materials. Winch was a gambling fanatic and had to be ordered by Standish to stop gambling at the depot; this did not stop him indulging his love elsewhere.

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