The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, and his deputy, Derek Bonnard have both allegedly been arrested under suspicion of fraud and corruption. Which brings back the eternal problem of who polices the police, or are they in reality mostly above the law? It appears that this investigation is being carried out by Warwickshire Police. Which begs the question of what happens if the accused and the investigators are both freemasons? The investigators would then in theory owe a blood oath of duty to their brother freemason that would be above their duty to the law of the land.
The handbook of masonry says: â€œYou must conceal all crimes of your brother Masonsâ€¦and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason be always sure to shield himâ€¦It may be perjury to do this, it is true, but youâ€™re keeping your obligationsâ€œ.
Not that I am implying in any way that anyone involved here is a freemason or that matter would not be dealt with other than with the uttermost propriety.
However this once again throws up a fundamental problem in that being a freemason and a policeman create obvious conflicts of interest and should not be allowed. It is wrong to put policemen in a position where their judgement and their actions with the difficult job that they have to do could be influenced by an outside loyalty. And one that is a secret society. If they had nothing to hide why would they be secret?