[quote The misbehaviour of any one is failure of the discipline of the force as a whole.
Not sure where this goes?
Using your adage, Squid, if one postie steals a letter - are all of them thieving scum? Is the Mail plunged into chaos...(actually don't answer that!!) but you know where I'm going...
There have been a number of tragic cases involving murder on the part nurses and doctors in recent times - do we tar them all with the same brush?
I'm with Daminxa on this - namely that just because one copper is a twat it doesn't follow that they all are
How about this then...
It is the responsibility of the police higher up the food chain to maintain the discipline of those on the front line, as it were. Someone somewhere along the line has to take responsibility for the actions of the misbehaving "footsoldiers". Otherwise it reflects badly on the force as a whole.
The same is true of, say, doctors in hospitals, or social workers etc. If something goes wrong, someone in the hierarchy needs to take responsibility or the whole regime is brought into disrepute.