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TV drama portrayal 'not far fetched', warns former undercover officer. Following the wrong line: corruption is only going to get worse until you change direction, says former officer Neil Woods as he reflects on TV's Line of Duty Date - 29th April 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle Popular TV drama Line of Duty is not “far fetched” and a national force will have a corruption problem as a result of being infiltrated by organised crime gangs, it has been claimed. Former undercover officer Neil Woods, now part of the Law Enforcement Action said dishonest conduct has already occurred in England and Wales and "guaranteed" it would also be happening in Police Scotland. Speaking at a fringe event at the SNP's spring conference in Edinburgh, Mr Woods most police officers are incorruptible but a minority can be influenced and believes the issue is "endemic and cannot be defended against" unless drugs policy is reformed to legalise all drugs and remove the drugs market from organised crime. The former officer said the illicit drug market is "destabilising the entire world". He warned: "If anyone has been following Line Of Duty and think it is far fetched, well we should be scared. "There is a less than one per cent murder detection rate in Mexico because it's often the police that are actually doing the murders, because they are employed by the cartels. "The only way to deal with that is to take the market away from organised crime. "Now, we may be a long way from Mexico but we are going in that direction." He said one officer he met while undercover was employed by a gangster in Nottingham to join the police and was there for seven years, being paid £2,000 a month on top of his policy salary, with bonuses for providing good information. He added: "All of the senior police that I've spoken to about this topic all agree that this is endemic and you cannot defend against it. "This corruption is only going to get worse until you change direction." He called for all drugs to be legalised and regulated to tackle the problem. Following the event, he told reporters: "Obviously the majority of police officers are untouchable and incorruptible but that minority will always be there and it doesn't take many. "I guarantee, absolutely guarantee, that the corruption that I talk about in England and Wales is going to be here in Scotland as well." He said there would be local examples of "the gangster who gets away with crimes". He added: "It is the nature of the drugs market that this is endemic and impossible to defend against, unless we take the market away from organised crime." A spokeswoman for the Scottish Police Authority declined to comment on the claims. But a Police Scotland report submitted to the SPA in December noted in relation to the work of the anti-corruption unit: "A total of 13 serious organised crime groups are identified as having an involvement, or markers, in relation to corruption. "These are rigorously reviewed and allocated to both intelligence and operations ACU staff to monitor and progress as appropriate. "The threat of infiltration/corruption is heightened by staff use of social media and use of open source resources. "The social media standard operating procedure and force memorandum have been issued reminding staff to protect themselves online. "In addition, inputs to staff regarding the appropriate and safe use of social media platforms are ongoing." In response to the comments at the conference fringe event, a Police Scotland spokesman said: "We're aware of the risk posed by potential corruption and have a range of measures in place to combat it." View On Police Oracle
Fedster posted a topic in UK Policing NewsNeil Woods insists nothing good came out of his 14 years as one of the UK's most successful undercover cops, fighting the war on drugs. Full Story - Huffington Post