Political satirist Guy Rundle writes:

“Unless you believe the state and federal police are some
kind of
political stooges – and we don’t – let’s give the police (if not all
the politicians) the respect they deserve for doing their jobs.” — The
Crikey Team (Crikey 8.11.05)

Right on! I thought I’d look back over the archives to check for similar votes of confidence in the boys in blue:

Unless you believe the Queensland police are some kind of
political stooges – and we don’t – let’s give the police (if not all
the politicians) the respect they deserve as the Fitzgerald inquiry
gets under way. – Prickly Pear Times, 1988

Unless you believe the Victorian drug squad is hopelessly and corruptly
entangled with the very criminals it is meant to arrest – and we don’t
– let’s continue to allow them to buy and sell drugs with government
money as a way of catching the ‘big fish.’ – Paris End magazine, 2003

Unless you believe that ASIO is so paranoid about leftie student groups
that it is letting right wing Ustashe terrorists drive a truck through
national security – and we don’t – let’s give the spooks the respect
they deserve for doing their jobs. – Weekly Spliff 1974

Unless you believe the British police are so filled with racist
hatred of anyone with an Irish accent that they are fitting up innocent
people and sending them to prison for thirty year terms – and we don’t
– let’s give the poor old bobby (if not all the politicians) the
respect they deserve for doing their jobs.

Unless you believe Mayor Daley’s fine Chicago police force…unless you
believe NSW police really want the brothels to stay open….

I better stop there. By the way, would the Crikey team be interested in
some shares in my new hydrogen car project? It can’t fail especially as
it will be sold exclusively through an exciting new dotcom venture. You
sound like exactly the people I’m looking for….