Ghost Squad go in mob-handed, nine suspended, inquiries continue
FLAT SCREEN TVs and computers were among the goods alleged to have been stolen by police in one of the biggest corruption cases to hit the Met for years.
Nine officers from the Enfield branch of the Met have been suspended and two others – in total the entire crime squad – placed on restrictive duties while investigations continue.
"The investigation centres on the alleged mishandling of property," a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said yesterday.
The allegation is that Enfield detectives have been taking property belonging to members of the public under criminal investigation.
In dramatic scenes, at least 20 officers from New Scotland Yard's anti-corruption team – known in the force as the Ghost Squad – stormed into Edmonton police station on Tuesday to search desks and lockers belonging to those now under investigation.
The current Ghost Squad was beefed up in the mid-1990s to around the 200 mark after a spate of corruption stories.
Bent coppers in the Met are an ongoing problem. In 2002, two Met detectives were convicted of corruption and back in the 1970s, around 500 officers were eased out of the force at the time of the mammoth Operation Countryman anti-corruption drive.