Not great at policing

Maybe it’s a trend, I don’t know, but there seem to be a lot of “cop gets arrested” stories in Japan lately. Maybe because the crime rate is kind of low they don’t have enough to occupy themselves, they they start getting mixed up with nefarious activities.

I always think that since their job is to catch criminals who have messed up they might have a slightly better sense of how to commit a crime – without messing up. Apparently, I am expecting too much.

A 35 year old police officer at a police box in front of Tokyo station was handed a wallet. Not exactly the highest level of crime, but easy enough to get away with if you take into account a few things. Firstly, that when people lose a wallet and they get handed into a koban you should expect a little time to pass before taking the wallet as people do tend to try and find their lost items. They do this by coming to police boxes and asking about them.

Second, the money in the wallet has value, in this case about 40,000 yen. The money will be more difficult to trace than the whole wallet. The wallet, not so much on both counts.

Apparently this level of thought was beyond our gentle officer as he just took the whole thing home and when the owner came asking about it people figured out pretty quickly what had happened, the other people around being proper police officers.

If he had waited to see if anyone arrived he would have missed his opportunity to pilfer, but wouldn’t have been caught. If he had just taken the money out of the wallet and said that this is how it was turned in only the best version of CSI could have figured the case out. Still, our protagonist was caught.

In Hokkaido they have some pretty low standards as a sergeant was arrested for the second time. Apparently you can get arrested and still be a cop in Hokkaido. His first instance was buying pot from “an acquaintance”, which I guess didn’t stick. The second time it was for leaking to the same “acquaintance” that the vehicle following them was a police vehicle.
Turns out the acquaintance was a friend from high school, so at least you know that in Japan the bro pass is in full effect.

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