Saturday, October 8, 2005

The reckoning of a police whistleblower

A decade after crooked cop Trevor Haken rolled over at the Wood Royal Commission into police corruption, he remains in fear of his life and says he has been left out in the cold by authorities, having reached his used-by date.

"I would have been far better off not going on side with the Royal Commission and holding the line with other members of the New South Wales police force," he said.

"I still feel, and I think I always will feel, that my life is in danger because of the number of people that I implicated at the royal commission.

"I'm basically not a creature of habit anymore. I live life as though I'm being followed all the time. I drive looking out of the rear-view mirror all the time. I don't shop in the same shopping centre twice."

As a former high-ranking detective in the New South Wales police service, Haken was a member of the drug squad at the CIB, led the drug unit at Kings Cross for several years and was a member of the joint task force into drug trafficking. But Haken was on the take.

He and his colleagues protected some organised drug syndicates in return for monetary kickbacks and information. That information was used to investigate and prosecute competing drug syndicates.

Haken says it was an arrangement that allowed the police some measure of control over crime and gave tacit approval for their criminal associates to grow their market share.
Former NSW police minister Paul Whelan says Haken was nothing more than a crook.

"Haken and his mates were the gatekeepers of crime at Kings Cross, 'please pay'. They believed that they had 'noble cause'. In fact, they were just straight crooks," Mr Wheelan said.

[Yeah, and Wheelan had nothing to do with it?]

Rush to ruin

Haken now says accepting kickbacks was "a rush towards a ruined life".

Still, he did not set out to be crooked. With stars in his eyes, Haken joined the police force after the death of his father. It was the yearning for a "brotherhood" and strong male role models that sealed the deal.

Following the lead of others, he soon became involved with tow-truck rackets that paid kickbacks when notified of accidents. It was a seemingly harmless scheme and Haken says it wasn't long before most things could be "justified".

"When you start off into corrupt practice it doesn't take very much to go up the ladder. And the further you go up the ladder, the more acceptable things become until you reach a point where there's nothing that isn't acceptable," he said.

Haken says it got to the stage where there was no form of improper behaviour that he wasn't involved in.

"I was involved in stealing money, verballing people, giving false evidence, gutting briefs which is removing information from briefs to allow people to be exonerated," he said.

After years of lining his pockets with the proceeds of crime, Haken realised that he was under surveillance.

"In the early 90s I was aware that I was under surveillance by police from some organisation. I wasn't aware who," he said.

"And then on one occasion I went home and found that the tumblers on my front door lock had been interfered with.

I didn't know whether it was a clandestine search had been carried out on my home or whether they'd placed listening devices in the house. But I was aware that I was under surveillance," Haken said.

Pivotal evidence

It was the New South Wales Crime Commission that had been keeping an eye on Haken and in September 1994 senior officers from the Wood Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service made contact with Haken and asked him to roll over.

He says he made the choice because inevitably there was no other choice. In exchange for criminal indemnity, Haken spent nine months gathering audio and video evidence.

Some of his infamous targets included crime boss Bill Bayeh and friend and colleague detective inspector Graham Fowler. Haken says it was dangerous work.

"At one meeting with Bayeh, he told me that another police associate had told him he must have balls to be meeting with me because the rumours were all over town that I'd rolled.

"And he said, 'If anyone goes against me, I'll kill them, I'll kill their wife, I'll kill their kids'. And that's not a threat I took idly, not then, not now," Haken said.

Once his cover was blown, his then wife and four children were put in the witness protection program, separated from Haken and sent overseas without any follow-up support.

When his turn as star witness at the Royal Commission came, Haken's evidence proved pivotal.

Mr Wheelan says the evidence sent shockwaves through the force.

"Haken's public acknowledgement as a police informer sent shockwaves to those he'd been working with. It came as a bomb.

"Haken exposed a large number of corrupt police, all the way up to chief superintendent to assistant commissioner," Mr Whelan said.

"I would have to say that it was Haken's evidence that was crucial for the success of the Royal Commission."

[But in reality they didn't go far enough did they Mr Whelan? They never got the headkickers in Parliament House did they? They didn't get the politicians that owned the pub just up the road from Surry Hills Police Centre and who allowed things like the standard police 'noble cause corruption' to go on, did they Mr Wheelan? What about the stealing money? verballing people? giving false evidence? gutting briefs which is removing information from briefs? to allow people to be exonerated. Not to mention out and out police corruption? Laugh!]

Haken continued to give evidence for a further nine years and individuals such as Bayeh and Fowler were charged and jailed for various crimes. On the whole, the Wood Royal Commission was the catalyst for wide-ranging reforms of the New South Wales policing system, but it still rankles with Haken that there were others whom he implicated that were never charged.

Life in hiding

Haken says he has been left high and dry following his experience as a whistleblower and is devastated by a life in hiding.

"I've lost all hope that life can ever be returned to normality," Haken said.

"I believe I haven't been suitably compensated and my security hasn't been taken into consideration properly. Financially I'm in a perilous situation.

"In the eyes of those at the Police Integrity Commission I've reached my used-by date."

In the end he failed the brotherhood and the brotherhood has failed him.

"Even if I had gone to jail, it would have probably only been for a couple of years and not the life sentence that I've got now," he said. [Known Disparity for Police.]

"I just think if you do the crime, do the time." [Laugh.]

It seems a simple logic in retrospect.

By Jess Daly posted 8 October 05

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."


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Australia: Copwatch - pornographic emails
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Cop Watch - The threat of privatised state power
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A copper's lot may not be happy, but it is certainly well paid
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Australia: Cop Watch
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Bulldogs simply not the best!

Clive Small, NSW Inspector Gadget
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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.

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"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.

Prison Mind Games-Do they exist?
Directives are given inside the prison system that are not consistent with the law in NSW. And not in the good interests of the health and well being of the prisoners.

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
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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.