A senior Victorian police corruption investigator says fellow officers have intimidated and threatened him.
Detective Sergeant Simon Illingworth has gone public with his fears on the same day a witness due to give evidence in the trial of four Victorian police officers has refused to testify, saying he fears for his own and his family's safety.
Sgt Illingworth has spent four years working with internal affairs to root out corrupt police. He says he and his family have been living in fear because of threats made by his colleagues.
Sgt Illingworth says he is concerned about the lack of protection for police investigators.
"Someone in the police, I believe, has risked my life and my family's lives for whatever reason by handing over my address to criminals," Sgt Illingworth [said.]
Last week, senior police promised to throw the force's full weight behind anti-corruption police who had been threatened with, among other things, bullets in their letterbox.
Sgt Illingworth is on sick leave from the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Department.
He says he was isolated and under-resourced, and intimidated by criminals and other police.
"When I was having a Christmas beer, I looked up and I just couldn't believe it, I've got this underworld figure staring at me and I'm thinking 'how vulnerable am I'," he said.
"You don't know whether you're going to turn a corner and get a handshake or a bullet - and I don't like that."
In a statement, Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana says Sgt Illingworth has been offered assistance, advice and support throughout his time with the Ethical Standards Department.
He says corruption investigations are by their nature very demanding and difficult to conduct, but the officer has courageously pursued investigations despite ongoing attempts to intimidate him.
Witness goes quiet
Victoria's top anti-corruption investigators fear that one of their key prosecutions could falter, as a witness refuses to testify because of the execution of a former police informant a week ago.
Police sources [said], that the witness in yesterday's court case was "devastated" by the murder of police informer Terrance Hodson.
They say the informant's withdrawal is likely to derail their case against allegedly corrupt detectives.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court has been told the man, who cannot be named, received a suspended jail sentence for drugs offences after promising to give evidence against his co-accused, detectives Glenn Saunders, Stephen Campbell and Peter Alexander, as well as former detective David Waters.
It is alleged they stole $100,000 worth of cannabis during a drug swoop at the St Kilda Marina in 1999.
Yesterday the man refused to answer the prosecutor's questions or confirm his statements, saying he feared for the safety of his wife and children.
His lawyer told the court the fears were not associated with the officers.
The man has now been charged with contempt of court.
The Victorian Government says that establishing an anti-corruption commission was not discussed at yesterday's meeting involving Premier Steve Bracks, Police Minister Andre Haermeyer, Chief Police Commissioner Christine Nixon and the state's top detective, Simon Overland.
The Government is standing by its belief that expanding the Ombudsman's office will be enough to tackle police corruption.
[Just plain rubbish the Ombudsman is a toothless terrier.]
Neither Mr Haermeyer nor Mr Bracks spoke publicly yesterday on the issue of police corruption.
Opposition leader Robert Doyle renewed his calls for an anti-corruption commission to be established as more accounts of threats against officers and witnesses involved in the police corruption investigation surface.
"This is not something where I want to politically score points," Mr Doyle said. "This is something where I want the problem fixed, I want corruption rooted out and I want our good cops protected."
A spokesman for Mr Bracks says the Government still believes there is no need for an independent commission and that boosting the Ombudsman's powers will be sufficient.
The Opposition will continue to support the legislation to expand the Ombudsman's office, despite its recent U-turn on the issue of a commission of inquiry.
By Starsky and Hutch 25 May 04
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The Victorian police force says threats against internal investigators will not stop it from weeding out corrupt police and bringing them to justice.
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A former Federal Court judge last night described corruption in the Victoria police force as the worst ever.
Police corruption linked to underworld slayings
The chairman of Victoria's Ceja police internal corruption task force has admitted there is a link between police corruption and Melbourne's gangland killings.
Redfern drug dealers: Who is Mr Big?
A senior Redfern police officer says a flourishing illegal drug trade is the main cause of problems in Redfern's Aboriginal community, known as The Block. But just like Kings Cross it doesn't get cleaned up and the Mr Big's are living like pigs. Ha ha. That's right someone supplies and someone accumulates large sums of money and someone has targeted Redfern and allows it to flourish there.
Victoria's top cop needs a watchdog?
The Bracks Government is expected to announce new powers of investigation for the Victorian Ombudsman today. So what are they trying to say? The dog never had the power?
Bulldogs simply not the best!
SIMPLY NOT THE BEST AND DEFINITELY NOT BETTER THAN ANYONE, ANYONE I'VE MET.
Why the Bulldogs rape case failed?
AFTER two months of turmoil, the rape case against six Bulldogs rugby league players has collapsed, with police saying there was insufficient evidence to press charges. IT is the moment any investigator dreads. [Just plain rubbish and a cover-up.]
NSW Police seizing assets to bolster budgets?
Seized assets to bolster police budgets is going to place crime solving into the corporate arena. Why should they go after a common criminal who is poor? Instead they'll be searching for assets and then solving crime. After all, police budgets will depend on it.
Court accuses police of planting evidence
A magistrate in the south-western New South Wales city of Wagga Wagga says police there nearly beat a man to death, fabricated evidence about him, and later lied in court about the incident.
NSW ex-Inspector Gadget claims credibility again
Just how credible is this former cop? Small's claim on Four Corners [Walls, a government propaganda machine], tonight, [that], the Government warned about Redfern problems before the riot. Like he's Mr squeaky-clean? Bad news more like it, Small was the say anything, do anything, ex-cop from hell for Bob Carr and his cronies.
Gang-rape, police, disparity and the law..
The young woman and her friend have told police they met the players in Coffs Harbour on the evening after the Bulldogs played a trial match there and went back to the team's hotel with them.
Cops Leak: Bulldogs accused of rape at Coffs Harbour
Police are warning media outlets they may face criminal charges if they release confidential information about investigations. The call comes after the details of an assault on a woman at Coffs Harbour were read on a commercial radio station in Sydney yesterday morning.
Capsicum spray killed Brisbane man
Remember one "Flick" and they're gone. A 26-year-old man has died in Brisbane after a scuffle with police in the inner-city suburb of Highgate Hill. Police say they went to a unit complex just after midnight to speak to the man. Inspector Ian Robinson says police used capsicum spray and the man collapsed and died.
Clive Small, NSW Inspector Gadget
NSW Police has revived controversial plans for a specialist discriminative squad to tackle the wave of violent crime that has plagued Sydney's south-west for more than a decade.
Man wrongly imprisoned awarded $1m
A Sydney man who was acquitted of murder has won more than $1 million in damages for wrongful arrest and imprisonment. The New South Wales Supreme Court has agreed with Garry Raymond Nye's said that the charge was maliciously laid. Acting on a tip-off, [?], police arrested and charged the 51-year-old with the shooting murder of Roy Thurgar at Randwick in Sydney's east in 1991. He spent 16 months in custody before he was acquitted by a jury.
NSW Police Force: Bent cop Cribb should be treated no different
34-year-old police inspector Shane Cribb, who shot a man shouldn't be treated differently than any other person charged with the same offence. The Daily Telegraph this morning is calling for special consideration for the cop.
One arrested in random raids: Police
NSW Police said more than 200 officers raided homes in the largest operation ever conducted by Task Force Gain, set up to investigate gun crime in Sydney's south-west.
Random police raid terrorised residents
A police task Force randomly targeting gang warfare [and criminals green lighted by police themselves], is investigating nine murders and one disappearance, including a shooting death that sparked a dramatic random dawn raid in south-western Sydney yesterday.
Drive-by shootings: test your political IQ?
What if since the Wood Royal Commission into police corruption the drugs moved from Kings Cross to Cabramatta. Then since the the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Cabramatta the drugs moved to Bankstown/Greenacre. Giving police more power might just be more fuel on the fire.
NSW drug wars: family feud not responsible for shootings
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Jailed man's conviction to be reviewed
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Who is bad?
Super Rat? M5? M11? K8? N2? So I trust that some people who, with the photos and guns guessed that a jury would quickly establish a case against a profiled person whom, you just had a picture and a history of. Common knowledge? The government knew their victims would take the blame. Not just chess in court, 'moving around the pieces', but 'putting false evidence, or not enough evidence before the jury."
2,500, crooked detectives? Or a corrupt Government?
The Wood Royal Commission into police corruption. Where did the police learn their trade skills? Led by example perhaps?
How to become corruption resistant in NSW
Don't trust those who cannot prove themselves with the little amounts of trust you give them. Just because they have a letter of perceived trust doesn't mean they can be trusted.
This is not how you eat 'antisocial behaviour'
Process corruption, perjury, planting of evidence, verbals, fabricated confessions, denial of suspects rights, a solicitor to induce confessions, tampering with electronic recording equipment, framing. Generally green lighting crime, and I say Murder, including the kids who overdosed on heroin. No doubt.
Black Knight - Long way to go home
In line with the current climate of police corruption and the demise of the reform unit set up by Wood, these facts ought to have been a good reason to leave Moroney out of the package as Commissioner.
Bob down and sniff my arse
These are serious invasions of privacy and draconian laws? Where are our democratic soldiers, the lawyers and the barristers who need to take on the government in the courts? Are they plastic? Or to busy feathering their nests? Or have they been cleverly purchased by this black government. Drug test police and politicians, and have the tests independently accessed.
Come in spinner? Or Come in sinner?
"You don't have, in my view very vigilant processes. I suppose it's akin to the problem of corruption within the police," he told the ABC radio. " People say there's corruption with the police (but) do you get the police to investigate problems within their own ranks?
I am disturbed by Governments 'actions' in relation to shuffling the police service. Clive Small seconded into Parliament like a cocky in a perch. A breach of the fundamental Separation of Powers Doctrine does not in my view allow the thought of intervening, planning, or shuffling to stack the deck of our police service. The one that suppose to be autonomous according to Lord Denning. Where the Parliamentary Secretary can ask the commissioner of police to 'report' then sack him if he is not satisfied with such report.
Who is telling the truth? Well I guess Dr. Ed. Chadbourne or Mr. Peter Ryan may have the answer to that. Dr. Chadbourne sacked by Peter Ryan and more specifically in my view because he elected deputy commissioners Dave Madden and Andrew Scipione as the best men in the service in relation to his qualifications to make a recommendation in his capacity as human resources.That is if you believe that a Dr. can be corrupted.
What is happening between the Police Service and politics is quite extraordinary at the moment. If stand over tactics don't work tell half the truth honestly and follow the example of sheep. Another word for it is sleaze, yeah. Another word for it is workplace harassment. Another word for it is bribing a Police Officer. Another word for it is misleading Parliament.
Most people I know don't buy the Daily Telegraph. Why? Because of the lies and propaganda purported by them.
Interesting how a member of the Police Board Mr. Tim Priest would hold grave fears for his safety from dangerous senior police but fails to name them or have them sacked. Rather Priest resigns as if he had no powers. Could that mean what he was saying is that the Governments are also corrupt?
Clive Small is Bob Carr's choice for the new Police Commissioner. It could only be the case considering his, Small's special appointment into Parliament House. Small who suffers from the little person syndrome is the ideal bend over boy who gets shuffled through his corrupt actions. Rolling the legal system for him after the fact, just like his predecessor Roger the dodger Rogerson.
The Separation of Powers Doctrine is nowcontaminated witharangeofcolours, now leaving us with a black shirt on a once blue bridge that crossed that thin blue line. The 'Amery and Woodham show'.
The Premier, Bob Carr, relies on a militia. A gang of bikies and our Police Service, to show all of us he is no murderer. He should be taken to the task along with his partners in crime like Clive Small to account for those people who like my self have been maliciously assaulted and who have complained, without any service and those who cannot speak for themselves who were murdered, like Terry Falconer. Terry murdered in custody.
Why have our democratic institutions broken down? It's not just the criminal justice system. The Anti-Corruption Network firstname.lastname@example.org exposes the same issues. A group of white-collar workers who say they have suffered as follows:
I refer to the Daily Telegraph article 22 March 2002 under the heading Priest quits advisory job.
Partners in crime - history!
Roger Rogerson, the old hero, who never faced a result in the Lanfranchi, or Huckstepp murders, was let off in my opinion when the New South Wales Government rolled the legal system (deciding what evidence to give the police prosecutor) to have the jury believe the illusion they (the Government wanted to create).Similarly, Peter Ryan facing the Police Integrity Commission for questions about his involvement in the demise of the dysfunctional reform unit. Chess in the court (rolling the legal system).
Police Chronology 1994-2001
View events in the NSW Police Force since the Wood Royal Commission began in 1994. 1994 May Justice James Wood is appointed Commissioner of the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service ('WRC').
Govt, police 'let off the hook' Haneef inquiry
8 years ago