Thursday, September 8, 2005

A copper's lot may not be happy, but it is certainly well paid

NSW Police to set up full time riot squad following Forbes protests - no one wants to be Commissioner of Police in NSW - no one wants to be a copper in SA - another copper rapes a juvenile - more secrecy bungles in Victoria - more drugs for the cops on duty - Justice Wood (former Commissioner into Police Corruption) says little has changed in 10 years - cops on corruption charges get stressed out and get compo.

NSW Police have announced that a full-time stand by riot squad will be set up. A Sept 1 AAP report says that lessons have been learned 'during the Macquarie Fields riots and Forbes conference protests.'

NSW Police Commissioner, Ken Moroney, announced the squad's formation on Sept. 1, saying its members would be handpicked and specially trained.

The 45-member team would be led by Kings Cross Commander, Superintendent Steve Cullen, who had been directing police security for the Forbes Global CEO conference in Sydney.

'We have drawn on the lessons learned from Macquarie Fields and are mindful of the public order incidents witnessed at the Forbes Global CEO Conference,' Mr Moroney said.

Mr Moroney is facing his own riotous situation as a crisis has hit the senior ranks of NSW Police, with no one wanting to take over the job of Commissioner.

An August 28 report in The Sunday Telegraph spoke of the tension behind whether Ken Moroney would continue as NSW Police Commissioner or retire in favour of, among others, the Victorian police commissioner, Ms Nixon, who is in a spot of trouble herself (see below).

Ken Moroney has been a police officer for 40 years - can you imagine the mindset he must have ?

At least the top 5 in the senior command don't seem to be up to the job.

Candidate 1 (Deputy Commissioner Andrew Scipione) has told colleagues he doesn't want the job.

Candidate 2 (Assistant Commissioner Dave Madden) is still on sick leave, and awaiting the possibility that he will be criminally charged for allegedly leaking information obtained on a telephone intercept.

Candidate 3 (Assistant Commissioner Peter Parsons) is also waiting to see whether he will face charges over the telephone intercept matter.

Candidate 4 (Assistant Commissioner, Dick Adams) has recently retired for 'health reasons.'

Candidate 5 (Assistant Commissioner, Bob Waites) has been widely criticised for saying that the combined forces of NSW Police could not protect Health Minister Tony Abbott from students at a proposed talk.

The Victorian Police Commissioner, Christine Nixon, could then be a realistic candidate to come up to NSW. How unfortunate, then, that she has done a shit in her own garden by violating rules designed to prevent corruption.

The Australian of August 29 reported that the Victorian Police Commissioner appears to have broken department rules about registering an underworld 'consultant' at the centre of a corruption scandal.

As Victorian Police Commissioner, you would have thought that Ms Nixon would be aware of the requirement to register police informants, if only to 'cover her arse,' as one senior officer was quoted. But that was not the case.

Note: since this article has been written, Ken Moroney has announced he will stay on, thus avoiding the need to choose anyone as a successor.

Following the people in Western Australia who don't want to join the police (see previous issues of Cop Watch) the recruitment problem has now shifted to South Australia. The Adelaide Advertiser of August 31 reports that local people don't want to join 'the filth' either, leaving a shortfall in recruiting targets.

Those who do become police officers are spending more and more of their time sexually abusing the vulnerable. If not 10 year old girls in Thailand (allegedly) as reported in a previous issue of Cop Watch, then teenage boys in Australia.

An August 20 AAP report says that former police inspector Bruce McLennan sexually abused two brothers, aged between 12 and 14, which included indecent assault and penetration.

Presumably because the former copper was 77 (sic), the abusive old bastard got a whopping 3 years 8 months in prison, but he will get out in only 12 months if he keeps his dick to himself while inside. He had been a copper for 38 years.

Whether genitals or confidential information, they just can't keep it to themselves. First, the Victorian Police Integrity Commission throws confidential files to the wind, then the Victorian Police, and now the Victorian Police has outdone itself.

An August 30 AAP report says that Victorian Police are 'disappointed' that secret police surveillance tapes that were meant to be destroyed by contractors were found in a warehouse by a rubbish collector.

The tapes, including one of murdered underworld figure Lewis Moran recorded in July 2001, were found by the rubbish collector in an unsecured warehouse. They have since been broadcast on the Nine Network (a commercial tv station).

The rubbish collector said the tapes were dumped at the warehouse and left for three months before he took them home to record on.

'There was no security at all,' he said.

When incompetent coppers are not abusing the sexually vulnerable, there's always the enormous amount of drugs at their disposal to keep their minds off things.

The August 26 Australian reports that a senior officer who led a raid in which the drugs seized were later linked to the overdose death of another policeman has been suspended.

The clear inference is that some of the drugs ended up from the evidence bag into the private possession of the police who were doing the raids.

After the former copper died through 'amphetamine and narcotic toxity' an investigation was set up.

Other officers who took part in the raid which obtained the drugs included former copper 1 (suspended from the police 6 months ago); former copper 2 (resigned from the police and faces drug charges); former copper 3 (under investigation) and former copper 4 (under investigation)

A Victoria Police spokesman declined to comment, saying the matters were still under investigation.

But does anything change ?

August 27 newspapers reported on the appointment of Justice Wood as the new NSW police watchdog 10 years after the landmark royal commission into NSW police found systematic corruption.

Has anything changed since he exposed corruption into the NSW police force ? No, says the former Judge. The police have failed to establish systems that 'control the emergence of misconduct or corruption'.

Justice Wood said that the NSW Police Association [the copper's 'union'] had an 'intuitive reaction of denial and defence' and that an independent legal office should be established.

All of this corruption investigation must get stressful for the police officers involved. So why not give them stress compo handouts ? A September 2, APP report says that Victorian police suspended while facing corruption charges receive payouts under the state's workers' compensation scheme for stress related to the investigation.

This seems to second-guess the outcome of the investigation. Suspected corrupt coppers can be suspended with pay (where the evidence is flimsy) or without pay (if the evidence is overwhelming). When suspended without pay, they simply apply for compo.

A copper's lot may not be happy, but it is certainly well paid...

By Cop Watcher 8 September 05

Community to keep an eye on police violence

The Community will keep an eye out for police violence while they are having fun demonstrating and protesting the Global Forbes conference today. AT THE OPERA: An eyewitness account

Well I rode into town on my pushbike and went straight down to the Quay to the protest location, got to about Surry Hills and could smell horse shit thinking the cops aren't far off. Sure enough I went around the corner and there were four cops on horseback and they were in riot gear so I avoided them.

Forbes, Day Two: A Moving Feast in Downtown Sydney

Forbes, Day Two: A Moving Feast in Downtown Sydney. Activists successfully shut down ANZ, corporate climate criminals and the Australian Stock Exchange.

THOUSANDS of protesters to take over Circular Quay

In an attempt to disrupt a conference involving some of the world's top business executives THOUSANDS of protesters are to take over Circular Quay.

Related Links:

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Cop Watch: No. 4 Terrorism in Ballarat
Terrorism in Ballarat - former Sydney copper sues the police after becoming drug addict - Victorian Police unlawfully releases 'up to 20,000 pages' of confidential files.

Australia: Cop Watch No. 3
This round-up includes: disgraced officers may get reinstated with back pay - more confidential information gets released into the public domain by police - body searching at the Sydney Opera House - and Irish police pissed off over WA police poaching campaign in Ireland.

Australia: Copwatch No.2
A review of what the boys and girls in blue have been up to shows that their respective juices have been stimulated by their ability to demand greater and greater police powers.

Australia: Cop Watch
The roundup this week - dodgy riot gear, shooting French photographers, senior coppers being 4 times over the legal limit, dodgy promotions in NSW, more terrorism powers in WA and drug-dealing coppers in Melbourne (it is alleged).

Assaulted, intimidated or harassed in custody?
"Then make an Apprehended Violence Order application against the police, says assault victim Ms Teresa Kiernan.

NSW Police Force: 2 dead, $1 million dollars to catch a thief?
NSW police have expressed concern about their response to the Macquarie Fields riots in south-western Sydney after a police pursuit that killed two young youths Dylan Rayward 17, and Mathew Robertson, 19 that went horribly wrong.

On Sunday 13th February, a Community gathering will be held to enable all people to remember the death of one of our young Community members, 'TJ' Hickey.

Vic police chief moves to sack officers
The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Christine Nixon, has moved to dismiss two police officers as part of a crackdown on corruption and says up to 20 more dismissals could follow.

Vic flop cop warns there's more corruption
Victorian Police Chief Commissioner, Christine Nixon, says Victorians should brace themselves for more evidence of police corruption.

Vic police corruption report tabled in Parliament
The Victorian Ombudsman's report on the Ceja Taskforce and drug related corruption in Victoria police has been tabled in State Parliament.

Bent police compromise Bulldogs gang-rape case
Deputy Commissioner Dave Madden could have compromised gang-rape investigation? Steve Mortimer resigned!

More NSW Police Corruption?
Line of fire? [Bullshit! Line of Lick Arse Noble Cause NSW Corrupt Cops] (clockwise from top left) Deputy Commissioner Dave Madden, Assistant Commissioner Peter Parsons, Superintendent Dave Swilkes, Assistant Commissioner Bob Waites and Superintendent Dave Owens.

NSW Cop suspect in murder?
A sacked Sydney police officer has finished giving testimony at a hearing into his corrupt activities over the past eight years. Christopher John Laycock was yesterday recalled to the witness stand at the Police Integrity Commission (PIC).

Corrupt NSW police officer sacked
New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney has sacked an officer who confessed to being involved in corrupt activities over the past eight years.

Policeman draws blank on fake raids
A suspended Sydney policeman has told an inquiry that he has "little recollection" of the details of fake police raids he set up.

Officer planned to kidnap criminals
A senior Sydney police officer who has admitted taking money for tipping off a child porn suspect had also been planning to kidnap criminals and extort money from them, the Police Integrity Commission heard yesterday.

Police offer protection to family following gang rape allegations
The parents of a 14-year-old girl claim their daughter was gang-raped in Sydney earlier this year, and have raised concerns about corrupt policeman Detective Sergeant Christopher Laycock's review of the case.

NSW police prosecutor charged with child porn possession
A New South Wales police prosecutor has been charged with the possession of child pornography.

Police, teachers charged in child porn bust
One-hundred-and-fifty people, including police officers and teachers, have been arrested in what the Federal Police (AFP) describe as Australia's biggest Internet child pornography bust.

A corrupt way to treat the community?
I seen the police bleeding on Nine's Sunday program arguing that promotion should depend on how many crimes police have solved and not how many brains they have and that was coming from police commissioner Ken Moroney and Police Minister John Watkins?

Judges Blood Sample: After the fact of the fact of a hangover?
Lawyers say New South Wales Supreme Court judge Jeff Shaw should not give police his own sample of blood taken after he crashed his car near his Sydney home last month.

NSW police drug amnesty under review
A drug amnesty for the New South Wales police force is under review, Police Commissioner Ken Moroney has said.

Police to uphold law not decide mental health
A diagnosis of mental illness could be made over the phone instead of in person, and involuntary psychiatric patients could lose the right to have their case reviewed by a magistrate, under proposed changes to NSW mental health laws.

Redfern police need education not weapons
According to the description of one senior police officer, the ACLO called out on the afternoon before the Redfern violence escalated was "hopeless, intoxicated and had no driver's licence."

Bulldogs simply not the best!

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.

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?

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.

Tele Tales
Most people I know don't buy the Daily Telegraph. Why? Because of the lies and propaganda purported by them.

Lord Denning
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.

Black Nexus
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'.

Same boat
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.

Good Cop
Why have our democratic institutions broken down? It's not just the criminal justice system. The Anti-Corruption Network 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 Warren Lanfranchi, or Sally-Anne 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).

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').

Federal Police

AFP: The unlikely CRIMINAL
It was born of a bombing and it made its name after a far more devastating act of terrorism. But for most of the 25 years in between, little was known about the Australian Federal Police force or the work it did.