In 1984 the Key West Police Department in Florida was declared a criminal enterprise under the federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) legislation following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. A jury later convicted ten members of the Police Department, including the Chief of Detectives, of supplying cocaine and protecting cocaine traffickers. This case demonstrated how the bureaucracy of one jurisdiction can effectively oversee another.

This article is an extract from the book ‘Principles of Good Government’ by Matthew Bransgrove