I thought I should post a story about a stand-up honest officer. My friend is a prosecuter and he was running a trial and called the arresting officer as a witness. Now the evidence against the accused was good - the officer had done his job well.
My friend asks the officer if he can identify the accused - keep in mind the accused is sitting right beside defence counsel - and he says, "No, I am sorry but I don't recognize him".
That's the end of the case.
The officer could have just lied and pointed to the accused and probably nobody would have ever known, but he had integrity and respect for his role as an officer of the court.
People often mention to me that officers lie in traffic court - but I always remember this story.
There are bad apples in every bunch, and God knows the police are no different, but lets not paint with too wide a brush.