Corrupt and Confused?

Article By: Martin Innes, Prospect Magazine

This summer, the police faced the crises of phone hacking and riots. The force is changing, but in the wrong way.

Images of police in full riot gear against a backdrop of burning buildings and marauding looters have seared themselves into the collective memory. The riots, sparked by the police shooting of a man in Tottenham (a non-police-issue gun was found at the scene), have challenged the reputation of Britain’s constabularies. In so doing, they sharpened concerns about policing that emerged a month earlier during the News International phone-hacking scandal.