Officer allegedly took bribes to turn a blind eye A senior police officer, his wife and a triad boss have been arrested by anti-corruption agents investigating an alleged cash-for-protection racket in the New Territories. It is understood the officer, from Tai Po District Crime Squad, was arrested soon after he allegedly pocketed a 'few thousand dollars' in cash from a senior office bearer of the Wo Shing Wo triad group while on duty in the New Territories on Friday. Investigators from the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) also arrested the triad office-bearer shortly after he was seen handing over the money. Another Wo Shing Wo office-bearer and the police officer's wife were arrested at separate locations during an operation mounted by about 30 officers. The wife is understood to be engaged in the insurance industry and to be an auxiliary police sergeant. The ICAC confirmed yesterday that 'a detective senior inspector of police has been arrested for alleged corruption'. It declined to say how long the alleged bribery activities were believed to have been going on. 'The arrested detective senior inspector was alleged to have accepted advantages from senior triad members as rewards for offering protection to their illegal activities,' the ICAC said. 'The police have rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation.' It is understood that some 10 other people, including another police officer, have been invited to assist the ICAC investigation. The four people arrested are all in their 40s. They are being detained by the ICAC as investigations continue. Police Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai yesterday declined to comment. But he said the force would co-operate with the ICAC and would not tolerate corruption. The officer is the fourth to be arrested by the ICAC in two months for alleged corruption offences. Two police sergeants were arrested early last month for allegedly accepting monthly payments from operators and keepers of vice establishments in Mongkok in return for providing tip-offs about vice raids in the district. In a separate case, a police sergeant was arrested by the ICAC last month for alleged bribery and perverting the course of justice in connection with a police investigation into suspected criminal damage and extortion through triad involvement. Inquiries revealed that the sergeant, knowing that the case was being investigated by the police, had allegedly approached his associates, believed to be triad members, to 'settle' the matter. It was alleged that the sergeant had solicited a bribe as a reward for his assistance.