Police bribery and corruption can be as simple as tickets to a hockey game, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli told the conference. The police chief revealed how such an offer sparked a 'dramatic wake-up call' for his force in the early 1990s. 'It involved an inspector who was in charge of a busy drug unit,' he said. He said the officer took the 'first step down a slippery slope' after accepting a 'seemingly innocent offer' from a professional acquaintance. 'It turned out the lawyer was representing a member of an organised crime group. 'He started asking favours in return for those hockey tickets. 'This eventually escalated to the point where our inspector was tipping off the local drug lords when a bust was going down in the port of Montreal. 'In the end, this inspector committed suicide in his office at Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters in Ottawa.' He said the tragedy was the impetus for a major examination of corruption in Canadian law enforcement. Commissioner Zaccardelli also warned police departments against employing knee-jerk policies after the public exposure of a corruption case. 'It's like throwing a steak to the wolves at your door,' he said. Courage and transparency was vital to counter corruption, he told the assembled officers. 'Corruption may be invisible, small, contained to one person to a few people, but like the gremlin in the computer its mere existence in your organisation puts everything you stand for at risk.'