“The world will not be destroyed by evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein
No matter what channel I watch, no matter what company or government agency is being discussed, there are seemingly incessant reports of corruption. So has it always been this way? Or are we just more aware of it now with our insatiable 24-hour news cycle, internet access to all things everywhere and social media selecting the most poignant parts and drawing our focus to it more keenly?
Local law enforcement has always dealt with the stigma of being corrupt. Well let’s face it, the beginnings of law enforcement were indeed corrupt. If you go back into the history of policing, before it became a part of the government operation, criminal investigations were conducted by untrained, unscrupulous private citizens for only those who could afford an investigation. Industrious thieves were stealing from the rich and then putting out their services as investigators to miraculously return the stolen items for a percentage of the recovery. It was a pretty nice gambit back in the day if you wanted to illegally earn a lot of money by abusing the trust of the people you claimed to serve.
Then in 1829 former British Prime Minister named Sir Robert Peel introduced the world to the notion of standardized policing and created the Metropolitan Police Force in London, England. He advocated for a government-operated, centrally located police headquarters, and a trained, uniformed police force that would be paid salary for conducting proactive policing instead of working privately. If you hadn’t caught this yet, Robert aka “Bobby” Peel is why the British police force are called “Bobbies” to this day. His ideals transferred across Europe and to America via New York and Boston who soon after modeled the formation of their police departments upon the Peel Principles. Sir Robert Peel is known as the father of modern policing and his principles still hold true today and stood the test of time.
However, if you know your police history at all, you will also recall that it was a Scotsman in 1850 named Alan Pinkerton who created the first private investigation firm in the United States; the same Pinkerton Security Services is still in existence today. It was a private investigator who taught police officers the art of investigations and helped the Chicago Police Department developed the first American detective squad.
The Peel Principles of establishing a tax-funded police force that was distinguishable from the general populous by their standard uniforms, specific training, records keeping, shift patrols and all of the common ideals – regardless of how they’ve been enhanced by modern technology – were all formulated by this one man. His ideals were created to root out and deal effectively with corruption. For the most part, they worked then and still work now. However, Southern law enforcement, New York and Chicago Police departments are routinely depicted in movies and television as being corrupt. In contrast for many decades, the Los Angeles Police Department was portrayed by fictional television shows such as “Adam-12” and “Dragnet” in such a positive light, that the LAPD was fairly free from regular scorn. But that too changed with a variety of scandals that forever tarnished their reputation.
Movies and televisions love to portray the FBI as perfect, harmonious and righteous men of honor and integrity. But now even the FBI has come under tremendous scrutiny for deploying politically motivated tactics to sway a presidential election or at best, create a difficult environment for a candidate they did not agree with. In an attempt to not sound slanderous or write something libelous, news media outlets are quick to state that the average FBI agent is a hard-working individual, that the alleged corruption lies solely at the top, and that this is not the norm for the FBI. But, wasn’t there something in the birth of the FBI with regard to J. Edgar Hoover and his methods and tactics of investigating, controlling and influencing politicians and politically motivated cases? It would seem there is some selective editing of history going on with regard to how we “remember” our recent past.
Across this country of ours, there are approximately 700,000 law enforcement officials working 24/7/365 to police our streets, investigate criminal activity and generally keep us as safe as possible. There is no doubt that most police agencies require and demand the highest caliber of training and enforce ethical values and strong internal policies to deliver the best police practices known to the modern free world. However, there is no disputing that there are pockets of areas where police officers are barely trained, the police administration is part of a systemic corrupt political system and the people living in those cities and counties suffer their fates accordingly.
Most people will do the right thing, the right way for the right reasons, but this isn’t true for everyone. Even some of those who are entrusted with oversight can have a difficult time rooting out corruption because of their fear of reprisals or loss of employment. When those who are charged with protecting the people from corrupted officials, work within the same system themselves and live in the jurisdiction as the corruption, it can be inherently difficult if not seemingly impossible to conduct a proper investigation and take appropriate action. Either from fear or bias, or lack of training and experience in these special investigations, all too often the corruption continues unchecked.
If your corporation, organization, public agency, city, or government entity is currently suffering under a corrupt form of leadership and you don’t think you have anyone to turn to, think again! Pacifico Investigations and Consulting can help your organization with a comprehensive investigation to learn the truth.
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Derek Pacifico, President and Founder
Pacifico Investigations & Consulting