'The police are rottenly corrupt': Policing, scandal, and the regulation of illegal betting in Depression-era Sydney

Evans, Richard 2015, 'The police are rottenly corrupt': Policing, scandal, and the regulation of illegal betting in Depression-era Sydney, Australian & New Zealand journal of criminology, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 572-587, doi: 10.1177/0004865814543392.

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Title 'The police are rottenly corrupt': Policing, scandal, and the regulation of illegal betting in Depression-era Sydney
Author(s) Evans, RichardORCID iD for Evans, Richard orcid.org/0000-0003-4052-6771
Journal name Australian & New Zealand journal of criminology
Volume number 48
Issue number 4
Start page 572
End page 587
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 0004-8658
1837-9273
Keyword(s) Commissions of inquiry
corruption
history
illegal gambling
policing
Royal Commissions
Summary One groundbreaking aspect of the Wood Royal Commission into police corruption in New South Wales was to recognize the importance of the historical dimension of corruption. The historical consensus is that systemic police corruption emerged in NSW only after the Second World War but, as Wood acknowledged, there has been little detailed research into earlier periods. One window into policing in the 1930s is provided by the Markell Royal Commission, which investigated allegations of police misconduct in relation to illegal bookmaking in 1936. This article explores the evidence gathered by Markell, and argues that his inquiry uncovered a system of entrenched police corruption at a level of complexity previously thought not to have appeared for another decade. It is argued that poor management contributed to the growth of systemic corruption from the early 1930s, and that a defensive and negative reaction to the exposure of this corruption caused an historic opportunity for
reform to be lost.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0004865814543392
Field of Research 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2014
Copyright notice ©2014, SAGE Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069024

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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