It was the most prestigious post and a corrupt
police officer could make between $60,000 to
$100,000 a month from the job. With these
"benefits", it was not surprising that the position
of Divisional Superintendent Wan Chai was such a
hotly sought-after one in the 1970s. And that also
explained why the former Chinese superintendent who bribed Godber to secure the post was willing to pay as much as $25,000, a sum enough to buy a luxury flat at that time.
To Godber, the deal with the Chinese superintendent served him well. Not only could he get a one-off bribe of $25,000, but he could also rest assured that he would be able to continue to draw his "unofficial income" from Wan Chai.
At the time the deal was struck, Godber was
occupying a Police Headquarters post which he
described as "a desert" that no money could be
made from. However, despite this, Godber still
managed to obtain bribe money from various police
divisions and Wan Chai alone was responsible for $5,000 a month, according to a tainted witness of the case. With speculation rife at the time that the Wan Chai post would soon be taken over by Godber's arch rival who was reputed to be an honest officer, Godber was afraid that if the rumour was true, the money he was drawing from Wan Chai would stop immediately. Hence his plan was to secure the position for the Chinese superintendent whom he could influence.
Following the deal, the Chinese superintendent was indeed appointed to the lucrative post, but the truth is that the Police posting board had decided months before the deal to post him to head the Wan Chai division. And Godber, notwithstanding his claim to lobby for the Chinese superintendent, had not approached anyone for that purpose.