Police officers with convictions for gun crimes, benefit fraud and violent attacks are still serving, it emerged last night.
The offences include discharging a firearm, possession of a cannabis plant, being drunk and disorderly, assault and theft.
Many of the crimes took place while the officers were in post, supposedly protecting the public.
If there is once section of society that HAVE to be squeeky clean, it is the police force. They have to be seen as beacons to the rest of us and have the trust of the public.
At the end of the day though, they are just people like the rest of us. The amount of stupid laws we have today, makes it VERY easy for someone to break the law now.
For example, once of the cases here, saw the policeman have a cannabis plant. That shouldn't be a crime in my book, but it is and I know for a fact that MANY young police break this law.
I know for a fact that many break the speeding laws.
I know that a number of them hold views, that would be deemed extreme.
So again I have to ask, should be be so reliant on an entity that is driven by money (it is a job) and political whims of an over powerful state? I would suggest we all should be willing to do the right thing, but we have outsourced the job, so things will get progressively worse.
With the current system though, I think the best we can hope for, is to stop punishing people for non-crimes and instead go after people who hurt others. That means having a police force devoid of violent criminals. Any police officer and especially ones who do it while on the job role, should be fired at once. There should also be no big pay off, like the sick payment Ian Blair got, for being a terrible political pawn and fear monger.