The Association of Chief Police Officers is usually shortened to ACPO. It is a trade union with power. That is why Her Majesty's Government pays it £18 million a year, allegedly to work against terrorism. But bungs buy influence, champagne, caviar, dancing girls, whatever. Just ask Ali Dizaei, a police man now in prison for Perverting The Course Of Justice.
Tories Accuse ACPO Of Pandering To Labour Politicians [ 8 March 2010 ]
A Tory briefing document, seen by The Times, attacks the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), which represents the 350 most senior officers in England and Wales. The note, written in Conservative campaign headquarters, accuses the association’s leaders of giving “political cover to the Labour Government repeatedly and consistently” and engaging in “gratuitous photocalls” with Gordon Brown and other ministers. It claims that ACPO, which receives £18 million a year from the Home Office, has “publicly and privately lobbied against a number of key Conservative issues, going far beyond its role”. The document adds that despite claiming to be an independent body that acts in the public interest, analysis of its statements “shows almost no criticism of the current Government”...........
The three-page briefing note contains a critique of the structure of ACPO, pointing out that although it receives vast amounts of public money, the association is a private limited company that is not accountable to the public or Parliament and not covered by the Freedom of Information Act.
Police are just as greedy as the rest of them. Getting their snouts in the trough is the name of the game.
Police Corruption Exposed [ 21 February 2010 ]
Britain’s most powerful police body, which is run as a private business, has spent millions of pounds meant for counter-terrorism work on luxury London flats for senior officers. The spending on an undisclosed number of apartments in the Westminster area is understood to be about £1.6million a year. The money is taken directly from taxpayers’ cash given to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) by the Home Office to tackle the terrorist threat across Britain. The funding – £33million last year – is supposed to be used to beef up regional police forces’ anti-terrorism response and pay for crucial equipment and facilities.
Instead, ACPO’s Terrorism & Allied Matters (TAM) committee, headed by Assistant Commissioner John Yates, has used millions of pounds from the budget to pay for flats. Last night ACPO refused to disclose how many apartments it was paying for, or who was receiving the perk, but all are said to be well-appointed homes close to Scotland Yard.............
ACPO is already under fire for its commercial activities. Last year The Mail on Sunday disclosed it was:
Selling information from the Police National Computer for up to £70 - even though it pays just 60p to access the details.
Marketing ‘police approval’ logos to firms selling anti-theft devices.
Operating a separate private firm offering training to speed-camera operators, which is run by a senior officer who was banned from driving.
The news led to questions about ACPO’s central role in policing, writing rules on police operations, as well as campaigning on key issues such as the proposed 90-day detention for terror suspects and the DNA database..... Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the police watchdog, went further, saying its ‘status as a private limited company cannot continue’.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Anyone who wants power should be disqualified for that reason. Too many police and politicians are psychopaths, which is to say they have criminal personalities.