Serious and Organised Crime Agency turns spotlight on police corruption | UK news | The Guardian

Anti-corruption officers are worried that today’s police are more vulnerable to being targeted by criminals and abusing their powers than their predecessors in the 1970s and 1980s, when corruption was thought to be at its height.

Senior figures cite three new areas where evidence suggests officers of all ranks are vulnerable to being exploited by individuals involved in crime or on the edge of criminality:

• Social networking sites, where police officers identify themselves as members of the service and are open to approaches from criminals and inappropriate associations.

• Bodybuilding gyms where officers are known to take steroids, leading them into contact with the criminal underworld and illegal drug dealing.

• The increased access by all police officers and civilian staff to confidential information in IT systems which they can leak for financial gain

Read more via Serious and Organised Crime Agency turns spotlight on police corruption | UK news | The Guardian.

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~ by Gary Austin on February 15, 2010.

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