During David Woodland’s 21 years’ service with the Metropolitan Police, the ‘thin blue line’ came under intense pressure. In addition to the routine caseload of gang crime, murder and armed robbery, Irish terrorist groups launched a vicious and prolonged terror campaign.
The Author, a Detective Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Branch at New Scotland Yard, witnessed a series of major scandals. He reveals why many otherwise honest detectives strove to rectify defects in the law that allowed professional criminals to evade justice. When Sir Robert Mark, the newly appointed Metropolitan Police Commissioner, described the CID as ‘the most routinely corrupt organisation in London’, there may have been more than an element of truth in his extraordinary claim but it devastated the public’s trust in the CID.
Using his own cases and experience, he demonstrates the difficulties faced by a depleted, demoralised Police Force, not least ‘the enemy within’.
Crime and Corruption at The Yard is a gripping, shocking and instructive insider’s account of sharp end police work. Salutary lessons are learnt about the effect of PC and ‘human rights’ on the preservation of law and order.
CRIME AND CORRUPTION AT THE YARD Downfall of Scotland Yard
David I. Woodland was a detective serving London’s Metropolitan Police during the testing 1970s, when the force was battling crime, gang turf wars, Irish republican terrorism – and its own ranks were riddled with corruption. His frank and fearless memoir shows why detectives cut corners to bring criminals to justice, and is an instructive insider’s account of the major crisis that still grips modern policing.
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