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The books that have directly forced the early resignations of well over a hundred Victorian Police officers, Victoria Police Corruption and Victoria Police Corruption 2 are set to claim another scalp.
This impending resignation (or should we say "retirement") follows in the wake of the resignations of several high-profile Victorian cops who were adversely named in Hoser's books including the head of the Victoria Police Drug Squad and others.
Word around the traps is that serving commissioner Neil Comrie is sick and tired of renewed questioning of his role in the Huey matter as documented in full for the first time in the book Victoria Police Corruption by Raymond Hoser.
The Huey matter involved a case whereby Comrie was alleged by fellow Police officer Gordon Harris to have perverted the course of justice and other serious corruption-related matters.
The incidents were raised in a Senate inquiry and occurred while Comrie was an Assistant Commissioner in Queensland.
The inquiry found in favor of Harris and wanted to look further into the Huey matter.
Huey was an allegedly corrupt police officer who was according to Harris being protected by Comrie.
Reportage of the Huey matter was suppressed by the Melbourne media and hence virtually no Victorians knew about it that was until publication of the book Victoria Police Corruption in August 1999.
Over the last four weeks, Hoser has received calls from several serving police claiming that Comrie had made it known that he intended quitting the force. The reason given was that because the Victorian government had failed to stop continuing sales of the Victoria Police Corruption books (although most bookshops no longer carry the titles), Comrie's role in the Huey matter was becoming widely known and his suitability as a police commissioner was being increasingly questioned.
With thousands of the books in general circulation, plus CD's containing the same text, and the number growing daily, Comrie's role in the Huey matter was rapidly becoming common knowledge in Victoria in spite of an ongoing mainstream media ban on reporting on it.
Comrie had decided to quit while he was ahead and before the mainstream media may decide to do the inevitable and perhaps revisit the Huey matter.
The urgency to leave the force had been increased as the mainstream media rehashed case after case as detailed in the Victoria Police Corruption books.
Now we could be wrong in all this, but based on the fact that several serving police have approached us and tipped us off about Comrie's plans to quit and the underlying reasons given, we don't think so.
However there is one thing we do know. That is when he goes, Comrie won't credit the Hoser books as the reason, or for that matter the Huey affair.
Nor are his mates at the Herald-Sun or Age likely to do so either.
More likely both papers will go on with all this crap about Comrie being a great bloke who didn't tolerate corruption ad nauseum.
But what really will be Comrie's legacy?
More drug related crime and police corruption than ever.
Years of cover-up in relation to the Windows scam, moonlighting coppers, set-ups, forgeries, routine perjury by police and so on.
Now we're not saying all coppers are crooks, but let's not mince words. Basically Comrie sat in charge of a bunch of crooks and let many of them get away with murder in some cases literally. It's called the Police Brotherhood.
So in light of the above litany of woes, our guess is as follows:-
He'll quit around Christmas this year and his reason will be along the lines of "I want to spend more time with my family".
Why Christmas? Most people are otherwise distracted.
Why spend more time with the family? That's an excuse no one would argue with hopefully the mainstream media will be too stupid to look beyond that tried and tested excuse.
For further information about Neil Comrie and the Huey matter refer to Chapter 39 of Victoria Police Corruption (pages 649-664).
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