Monday, June 18, 2012

Police Corruption: Operation Countryman - 12 Officers Charged.

The 1970s was a dark period for the Flying Squad. An internal police investigation, Operation Countryman, revealed an extensive and tangled web of corruption. Bribery was endemic, especially between officers and Soho pornographers.

David Copeland
Jailed: Bomber David Copeland
In a scandal which still resonates today, the head of the Flying Squad, Chief Superintendent Ken Drury, was jailed along with 12 other Scotland Yard detectives, for accepting bribes.
In 2001, three Flying Squad detectives were each jailed for seven years after 'springing' a police informant from prison in order to carry out a raid on their behalf.