Not a fantastical figure. An accurate one. Given by Sir Paul Condon ten years ago. So how much further has the rot set in now?
Peter Power's flying squad eh?
Untouchables: dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard
Michael Gillard and Laurie Flynn Cutting Edge, 544pp, £18.99
In December 1997, Sir Paul Condon, then commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, addressed a House of Commons committee on the scale of corruption in his force. "If you want a percentage figure on it," Condon said, "I would hope and believe it is contained somewhere between 0.5 per cent and 1 per cent. There is a spurious precision to that, but I would say somewhere between 100 officers and 250 officers would be the range in which we are operating."
At roughly the same time, an internal report on police corruption across the country was leaked to the press and it put the matter in even starker terms, saying that the problem was so "pervasive", it could have reached what was called Level Two, defined as "the situation which occurs in some third world countries".................