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Crime and Corruption at the Yard (Hardback)

True Crime

By David Woodland
Imprint: Pen & Sword True Crime
Pages: 239
ISBN: 9781473833852
Published: 7th May 2015

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During David Woodland's 21 years' service with the Metropolitan Police, the 'thin blue line' came under intense pressure. In addition to the routine caseload of gang crime, murder and armed robbery, Irish terrorist groups launched a vicious and prolonged terror campaign.

The Author, a Detective Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Branch at New Scotland Yard, witnessed a series of major scandals. He reveals why many otherwise honest detectives strove to rectify defects in the law that allowed professional criminals to evade justice. When Sir Robert Mark, the newly appointed Police Commissioner, described the CID as 'the most routinely corrupt organisation in London', there may have been more than an element of truth in his extraordinary claim but it devastated the public's credibility in the CID.

Using his own cases and experience, he demonstrates the difficulties faced by a depleted, demoralised Police Force not least 'the enemy within'.

Crime and Corruption at The Yard is a gripping, shocking and instructive insider's account of sharp end police work. Salutary lessons are learnt about the effect of PC and 'human rights' on the preservation of law and order.

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Crime Review

As you'll gather from the title of his book, David Woodland encountered corruption of, and betrayal by, his colleagues and senior officers and his early retirement followed an attempt to fit him up for misconduct. He has written a bitter account of his experience of the management of both the Met and the criminal justice system. It makes uncomfortable, but riveting reading.

Police History Society Newsletter

David Woodland's hard-hitting book blows the lid off corrupt practices at the Yard during the 1970s. If you're going to buy just one true crime book this year, it'd be a crime if it isn't this one.

Dick Kirby, author and ex Metropolitan Police officer
 David Woodland

About David Woodland

David Woodland was born in Croydon in 1936 and attended John Ruskin Grammar School. He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1953. After National Service with the Royal Military Police in Germany he rejoined the Met. His interest in the historical evolution of criminal law developed at Bramshill Police College, Hampshire and this led to publication of his first book Wild’s Law.

Prior to retirement in 1978 he was a Detective Inspector at Criminal Intelligence Department, New Scotland Yard. Thereafter he investigated fraudulent shipping and insurance claims for Lloyds of London worldwide. He retired to the Channel Islands in 1988. He is married with three sons and four grandchildren.

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