9th Discussion Paper - N.S.W. Police Service
and the aftermath of the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service and
invited to contribute and make submissions. By way of further discussion
an attachment is provided with this 8th draft as an appendix which concerns
possible future directions for the re organisation of the NSW Police Service.
Because further submissions are expected and are received quite frequently
no firm final position is taken as to any issue or matter controverted
in this draft paper. Further Information may be obtained by viewing ;
NSW Police Corruption and Mismanagement Web
Placed on a U.S.A. Web Site so that it cannot
be illegally wiped by corrupt officials at:
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Paedophilia Case Development.
The Paedophile Case detailed in this Paper
has been found to have been substantiated by a judgment of the NSW District
Court on Monday 18th August 1997.
(This is despite the fact that the Police Royal
Commission, Certain Journalists and the NSW Police Service itself appeared
to be of the view that the allegations were unsubstantiated.............serious
questions may now need to be asked concerning their previous efficacy and
The Case of Michael Cottier.
A Detective from the Redfern Police Patrol
contacted Michael Cottier concerning the matter in this paper to purportedly
"investigate " the matter despite the fact that some of the allegations
relate to the Redfern Patrol itself.
Former NSW Supreme Court Judge David Yeldham.
The Newspaper the "Illawarra Mercury"
recently revealed that the young man who was arrested with former Supreme
Court Judge DAVID Yeldham in a Central Railway Station toilet by Transit
Police Officers for alleged possible indecent behaviour was the same man
who was later the subject of an appeal in a serious criminal matter which
was heard by the NSW Court of Appeal which comprised a number of Judges
including the late David Yeldham. On Friday August 29 1997 Richard Ackland
wrote in the "Australian Financial Review" at page 25 "
...the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation ...amounted
to nothing. He was not even interviewed by the ICAC. The Royal Commission
asked Temby (the former ICAC Commissioner why this was so. The answer was
illuminating:"The function of the [ICAC] was to investigate corruption,
not crime. Somebody from the ICAC could have gone to ask him whether information
which the Police had concerning him had been used to sway him from the
proper course of judicial duty. That would surely have been pointless"
So there you have it. Every one looked the other way. (The Judicial Commission,
the ICAC and the Police) Will an inquiry ever be held into how for instance
this man was treated as referred to above ?
NSW Police Internal Witness Support Unit.
It would appear that the new commander of the
NSW Police Internal witness support unit is the same Officer who was involved
in the charging of Senior Transit Patrol Officer Howard with assault charges
which subsequently had to be dropped in Gosford Local Court and full costs
were awarded by the Magistrate against the Police Service. (Further details
Later) This case is connected to the plight of Transit Patrol/Police Officers
dealt with later. Apparently there is a Police Internal Affairs investigation
underway into this matter.
New Development. The Officer referred to above
recently contacted the Publishers and Facilitators of this Paper requesting
a meeting as did the former Internal Witness Support Unit Commander. It
has been made clear to these officers that WBNC does not consider it appropriate
to have such a meeting at present however they have been invited to make
their own submissions which will be published and also to provide any documents
they may have to support their contention(s).This is a standing open invitation.
It may be said or thought to be inappropriate
at this stage that persons the subject of comment and/or allegation(s)
in this paper should be contacting the Facilitators and WBNC for a meeting.
The observation has been made that it would be more appropriate for the
Commissioner of Police to provide a response and/or a submission or request
such a meeting.
The circumstances of one of the requests for
such a meeting were that at a meeting of the NSW Police Internal Witness
Support Council at Police Headquarters that an NSW Office Bearer of Whistleblowers
Australia Inc telephoned one of the facilitators in the presence of the
Police Officer concerned and communicated a request for such a meeting.
The Police Officer concerned then spoke on the telephone and repeated such
request. The Office Bearer of WBA (NSW) Inc made it clear that the contents
of this Paper were not the policy of WBA Inc. The Discussion Paper which
was tabled at the June 1997 Monthly General Meeting of NSW Whistleblowers
Inc (Minuted) (pursuant to a previous NSW WBA Inc Monthly General Meeting
Resolution) is not and never was supposed to represent the policy of WBA
Inc. The Discussion Paper adopts no firm policy position at all.
For some two years in 1995, 1996 and part of
1997 the NSW Police Service has been the subject of scrutiny by the Royal
Commission into the NSW Police Service.
A number of instances of demonstrable corruption
and malpractice have been exposed however it appears that other matters
have still not been adequately investigated by the proper authorities and
in particular from a systemic point of view there are and have been a number
of instances where internal informants or whistle blowers have continued
to either be ignored or systematically victimised by the NSW Police Service
and in at least one case with the apparent full knowledge and approval
of the NSW Royal Commission into the Police Service. (P.R.C.) In one case
the new Police Integrity Commission has completely failed to follow up
at all, this case having been submitted for consideration in February 1997.
In addition there appears to have been a general
failure on the part of the NSW State Government and others as well as the
Police Service itself to consider arguably new and necessary initiatives
to restructure the scheme of Policing and Law Enforcement in NSW to make
it more accountable to the public and to improve the overall situation
with respect to crime and public safety generally.
This draft paper postulates that unless public
accountability measures are improved radically together with the improved
treatment of informants or whistleblowers that any reform will be shortlived
and relatively ineffective in the longterm.
Another specific issue which also appears not
to have ben adequately addressed is the inextricable link between Police
corruption and malpractice, the illegal drug trade and money. It is postulated
in relation to this issue also that until positive multifaceted measures
are taken by the State Government that any reform and cleanup of the Police
Service will remain shortlived.
Specific Issues and Matters.
The following matters are dealt with by way
of example to illustrate the type of issues that arise with respect to
internal informants and "whistleblowers".
Mr Michael Cottier, a former NSW Police Officer,
Leading Senior Constable attached to the Redfern Beat Police Unit as Youth
Liaison Officer has provided the following information .
Amongst the notable allegations made are included
are that nothing has been done by the Police or the Royal Commission concerning
(1) Information provided by the Local Community
re alleged police protection of paedophiles (Police Names given)
(2) A report re police protection of a drug
dealer in the Redfern area was deleted from the Police Computer ("COPS
System") at the direction of senior Police
(3) The Police themselves failed to adequately
investigate a 6/8/90 attack on Mr Cottiers' wife in their home allegedly
by Police.(Both attackers wore balaclavas,gloves and black elastic sided
boots identical to Police issue) The attack took place five minutes after
Mr Cottier left to begin night shift duty at Kings Cross Police Station.
The attackers said "the Pig is in trouble". Mr Cottier's wife
was bound and gagged and put in a wardrobe.
Arguably a Police appointed Mental Health Professional
was utilised in an attempt to discredit Mr Cottier.
A perusal of the Papers of the case makes it
very apparent that a Police appointed Psychiatriatrist was retained more
in an attempt to discredit Mr Cottier and dent his credibility rather than
On 7/2/96 after a two hour interview, the NSW
Royal Commission into the Police Service (PRC) told Mr Cottier no further
investigation or action would take place until he was assessed for witness
protection. Nothing has been heard since. Mr Cottier also wrote to the
PRC on 15/7/96. The PRC appears to have done nothing together with Police
As of September 1997, Police Integrity Commission
has yet to respond to the lodgment of this material it having been submitted
to them in February 1997.
Serious Questions that need Answering by the
NSW Police Service.
Many of the questions below were drafted by
serving and former NSW Police.
Mr Cottier and other people are now concerned
that the new Police Commissioner from England, Mr Peter Ryan is still surrounded
by some of the old coterie of senior officers who did nothing in the past
and major corruption and malpractice will remain entrenched within the
ranks of the NSW Police Service.
RE: Questions for the NSW Police Commissioner
The questions which require consideration and
answering in a meaningful way are as follows ;
Note : Internal Witness = "Whistleblower/Internal
1. Will the Commissioner support an ongoing
policy that is proactive rather than reactive to Police corruption and
malpractice ? (ie actually go out and look for it rather than wait for
internal witnesses & others to report it)
2. To what extent is the Commissioner aware
that there is a perception both within and without the Police Service that
his new leadership is in effect "the captive" of existing senior
management/Police who have been indifferent if not responsible for Police
mismanagement,malpractice & corruption in the past ?
3. Is the Commissioner aware that there are
numerous Police officers who have gone to the Royal Commission but who
have not even been spoken to, to date ?
4. Is the commissioner aware that there are
officers in the internal witness support program who have not been effectively
5. Will the Commissioner support further legal
and regulatory (legislative) initiatives to assist internal Police witnesses
including effective protected job placement and legal, financial and counselling
6. Will the Commissioner support an initiative
whereby Senior Officers will automatically be the subject of disciplinary
action when it is demonstrated that they have done nothing to assist internal
witnesses and /or failed to take any action with respect to internal witnesses
7. Would the commissioner support an initiative
to reintroduce senior sergeants to supervise Police "front line operations"
? (bearing in mind that presently the system is apparently layered from
Constable to Sergeant to Superintendent )
8. Can the Commissioner say whether internal
informants have been promoted under the present promotion system ?
9. Is the Commissioner aware that the IWU vets
Police who are internal informants and decides who belongs on the program
and who does not ?
10. How would the Police Service deal with
a repetitious/vexatious complainant from within ?
11 a) Is it true that the previous Internal
Witness Unit Commander had complaints made against her ?
b) Has this person now gone to work in Police
Internal affairs ?
12A. Were some of those complaints against
her for in effect "going after" internal complainants" ("whistleblowers")
and alleged biased investigating ? . 14. a) Is the current Commander of
the Internal Witness Support Unit formerly an Officer from North Region
Internal Affairs ?
b) Is this person the same Officer who Charged
or caused Transit Patrol Officer Howard (STPO) to be charged with an assault
offence as a result of an alleged assault incident on Good Friday in 1997
at a Social Function ?
c) Is it a fact that STPO Howard was Charged
in respect of this incident despite the fact that other witnesses were
available to suggest that Howard was acting in self defence of himself
and his wife on that occasion and is it a fact that none of these witnesses
were interviewed by Police Concerned before STPO Howard was charged ?
d) Is it not a fact that on Monday 11th August
1997 that the Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew all charges at Gosford
Local Court and costs were awarded against the Police Service in respect
of this matter in favour of STPO Howard ?
e) Is it possible that this matter is connected
to the long running victimisation by certain elements of the Police Service
of Transit Patrol Officers ?
f) Is the Officer concerned a suitable officer
to command the Internal Witness Support program ?
It would appear that this matter is connected
to the matter of Transit Patrol Officer Jim Regan which is further detailed
later in this paper.
TO DATE IT IS VERY APPARENT THAT NONE OF THE
ABOVE QUESTIONS ARE LIKELY TO BE OR WILL BE PROPERLY ADDRESSED............
Further matters which demonstrate continued
mismanagement and impropriety in the NSW Police Service and its culture
1) The Case of Kim Hollingsworth in the NSW
Industrial Relations Commission.
Ms Hollingsworth it would appear used to work
as a stripper and a prostitute before she decided to attempt to change
her life and apply to become an NSW Police Officer. In fact she had not
worked as either for a considerable period of time before applying to join
the NSW Police Service.
Subsequent to a Detective making an allegedly
corrupt approach to her while she was attending the NSW Police Academy
at Goulburn, NSW, the NSW Police Service dismissed her as a trainee Police
This was after she had been introduced by Senior
Police Officer Lola Scott to David Harold McGinlay an Officer from the
NSW Police Royal Commission in Goulburn. McGinlay is normally a Detective
from Port Adelaide Criminal Investigation Section in the South Australian
Chief Superintendent Lola Scott and Detective
Michael Gallagher interviewed Ms Hollingsworth at the Goulburn Police Academy.
When Lola Scott gave evidence to the NSW Industrial
Relations Commission (IRC) she stated that she was a Chief Superintendent
and Commander of Internal Affairs and was currently District Commander
for the Central Coast District. Lola Scott is now believed to be the Commander
of the Sydney Inner West Region. In evidence before the NSW IRC Ms Scott
stated she was acting as "an agent of the Royal Commission".
( i.e. at all times the NSW Police Service was involved in the dealings
and treatment of Ms Hollingsworth)
In the case before the NSW IRC it was alleged
that The Police Royal Commission had connived with the NSW Police Service
in Ms Hollingsworth's dismissal, later found to be unfair by Commissioner
Ms Hollingsworth made an application for reinstatement
to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission after allegedly the NSW Police
Service Internal Affairs Branch and the NSW Royal Commission were quite
happy to utilise her information concerning Police corruption.
Recent evidence by a Senior NSW Police Officer
Ken Maroney, Assistant Commissioner, NSW Police in the NSW Industrial Relations
Commission included his statement that Ms Hollingsworth had lied in her
application form to join the NSW Police Service because she had stated
that she only knew two serving NSW Police Officers whereas in fact Police
had later found out that she had "known" more than two Police
The Charitable would say that this was about
the most useful piece of evidence that Maroney gave to the Commission.
Commissioner Connor has subsequently found
that MS Hollingsworth was dismissed by the Police Service in a procedurally
unfair manner. Comment
The NSW Police Service now to arguably harass
and wear down this whistleblower both financially and emotionally has now
indicated its intention to appeal to the full bench of the NSW Industrial
It goes without saying that the tactic of appealing
to the full bench of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission is arguably
to attempt to lessen the chance of Ms Hollingsworth ever attaining reinstatement
to the Police Service, to maximise delay and increase her legal costs as
much as possible.
Clearly this is a decision that was participated
in if not ratified by the current Commissioner, Mr P. Ryan. The case is
a clear example of the continued practice of the NSW Police Service in
In NSW Industrial Relations Commission Case
2827 of 1995 Commissioner Connor Stated at Page 18 and 19 ;
"........after Ms Hollingsworth had been
dismissed as a student Police Officer and she had been re-located interstate
by the (NSW) Royal Commission (Into the Police Service) (PRC) she unwisely
chose to work again as a prostitute......Mr Menzies .... (Counsel for NSW
Police).......pointed out that working in a brothel was a criminal act
according to the laws of the State (South Australia) to which she had been
" I would have thought that if the Royal
Commission required Ms Hollingsworth to be relocated interstate it would
have made some arrangements to assist her in finding suitable employment.
According to Senior Constable McGinlay, that did not happen in ..Hollingsworths
case......Ms Hollingsworths work as a prostitute whilst she was relocated..was
with the knowledge of the Royal Commission investigators Mr McGinlay and
a solicitor seconded to the commission Ms E.M. Walker........"and
the assistance of ..McGinlay at least, in the sense that he made enquiries
and provided information to Ms Hollingsworth on which establishments she
may work safely and which establishments she should avoid"
(McGinlay is a detective with the South Australian
Why is it that a South Australian Police Officer
seconded to the PRC and an NSW Solicitor apparently aided and abetted the
procurement of the commission of an offence in South Australia in NSW,
it being an offence also to procure the breach of another State's laws
in NSW ? Perhaps it would be appropriate for ; 1) The Commissioner of Police
in SA to examine the conduct of this SA Police Officer, 2) The NSW I.C.A.C.
and the NSW Police Commissioner to investigate to see if either person
has committed a criminal offence in NSW or conducted themselves in such
a way as could be categorised as having committed `corrupt conduct within
the meaning of the ICAC Act (NSW)
3) The NSW Legal Services Commissioner and
the Law Society to investigate the professional conduct of the Solicitor
One of the submissions made on behalf of the
NSW Police and was the subject of evidence by Police Officer Lola Scott
is that Hollingsworths' credit would be impeached in criminal cases if
she gave evidence for the Police, yet one of the Police Officers who gave
evidence for the Police in this case, Supt R. Myatt was found by the ICAC
to have committed corrupt conduct in another unrelated investigation.
The Police Service has failed to further investigate
allegations made by Hollingsworth against other serving NSW Police Officers
involved in corrupt or improper conduct and she has yet to be interviewed
in relation to the same despite the evidence of the intention of the NSW
Police Service so to do per Police Officer Norm Maroney (Page 7 of the
NSW IRC Decision)
Further General Comment concerning the Hollingsworth
The whole truncated saga arguably illustrates
the continuing very poor attitude of the Commissioner of Police Mr Peter
Ryan and the Police Service generally towards internal informants. In many
ways the issue as to whether Ms Hollingsworth is reinstated or not is irrelevant
; if the NSW Police Service and the Royal Commission had dealt properly
with this informant in the first place this litigation would never have
arisen. Ms Hollingsworth and other internal informants may not be "paragons
of virtue" however it is clearly in the public interest for such persons
to continue to come forward and give information to the authorities. Internal
Informants such as Ms Hollingsworth should be provided with adequate financial
assistance, legal aid, employment, physical protection and counselling
if it is required. This was not done in this and other cases. When will
the Police Commissioner in the Public Interest guarantee that it will be
in the future ?
As at 23rd December 1997 the Full Bench of
the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has now overturned the decision
of the court below at first instance and Ms Hollingsworth will not be reinstated
to the NSW Police Service. Ms Hollingsworth is now appealing from that
decision. The decision itself is unsurprising however as already alluded
to the Police and Royal Commission treatment of this whistleblower/internal
informant is arguably questionable to say the least and the whole saga
of this bizarre litigation and the expense to the taxpayer as a result
need never have arisen if this whistleblower had been treated properly
in the first place.
(2) The continued Detrimental treatment of
whistleblower Senior Constable Craig Raymond of Bondi Police Station.
Constable Raymond was one of those who "rolled
over" to the NSW Police Royal Commission and informed on other Police
involved in the use of the designer drug ecstasy and even its distribution
During his interviews with Police Internal
affairs he revealed honestly that he had once tried half an ecstasy tablet
at a function some years before while he was not part of the alleged drug
cartel in the Sydney areas of Bondi and Waverley.
The response of the Police Service was to suspend
The Senior Officer in charge of the region
where this Police Drug abuse occurred has now been promoted to command
one of the City major regions. The officer concerned is arguably either
corrupt or incompetent. The same officer arguably gave misleading evidence
under cross examination the current NSW Industrial Relations case concerning
Ms Kim Hollingsworth.
Belangelo Forest Backpacker Murder Investigation.
(3) The effective sacking of the Detective
who arguably solved the case off the investigative task force that investigated
the Belangelo Forest Backpacker murders by Clive Small the Officer in charge
of the investigation for "not being a teamworker" (or words to
Senior Transit Patrol Officer , Jim Regan
(4) The continued arguable victimisation of
Senior NSW Transit Police Officer Jim Regan by the Police Service and the
ICAC which is connected to his very public long running campaign to improve
public safety and security on the NSW Public train system.
Mr Regan has continued to draw attention to
the fact of inadequate public transport security on the NSW Train system
despite Police publicity campaigns which have attempted to show incorrectly
that there are higher numbers of Police patrolling Trains then previously.
In November 1996 Mr Regan publicly demonstrated
a lack of Police planning and commitment to the Rail System when he was
quoted in the Sydney "Daily Telegraph" on 26th November 1996
as accurately stating that the number of Police on duty at Sydney's Circular
Quay Railway Station was totally inadequate on the occasion of the nearby
Crowded House concert at the Sydney Opera House. It is worth noting that
the redeployment of Transit Police Officers South and Regan from the North
Region on this occasion left the North Region without a Transit Police
The NSW Police Service has failed over the
years to fully integrate the Transit Police into the Police Service and
arguably done its best to in effect victimise these officers.
Mr Regan it was held by the Government and
Related Employees Appeals Tribunal (GREAT) to have been invalidly dismissed
from the Service. Some years later the Police Service has still failed
to reimburse Mr Regan for the pay and salary lost while he awaited the
decision of G.R.E.A.T. In October 1997 allegedly trivial disciplinary charges
which had been brought with the benefit of arguably unreliable evidence
some 12 months after some alleged incidents occurred at a Christmas function
were dropped by the Police Service in the NSW Police Tribunal.
Former Police Officer from Cabramatta Police
This former Police officer now on workers compensation
due to bona fide physical injuries appeared on ABC T.V. News in December
1997 to corroborate claims made in a recently produced Law Foundation Report
that alleged that NSW Police routinely "loaded up" offenders
in the Cabramatta area of Sydney. Other claims he has made include the
wining and dining of Cabramatta Police by Cabramatta "identities"
and the suppression of drugs charges against a relative of a now commissioned
officer and former president of the NSW Police Association.( He alleges
that both the Police Royal Commission Investigators and previous Internal
Affairs Officers asked him if he wanted a career in the Police Service
by "mentioning" such matters ,or words to this effect).
The wining and dining of Cabramatta Police
as described above may raise interesting questions given the past occurrence
of the murder of former Cabramatta M.P. John Newnham known for fighting
crime and drugs in the Cabramatta area.
The Former Police Officer concerned has asked
the question as to why none of these matters were paid any attention to
by the NSW Police Service until he appeared on the ABC News. It is understood
that Internal Affairs Police are only now scrutinizing these matters.
6) Summary of a Paedophile Case arguably inadequately
examined by the NSW Royal Commission into the Police Service and the NSW
Police Service itself.
The terms of reference of the PRC were extended
to include paedophilia. Although some of these practices were uncovered,
much material, particularly that relating to ritualistic abuse ("RA")
has arguably been covered up by the PRC, the Police and Media Persons such
as Richard Guilliatt of the "Sydney Morning Herald"
There follows a summary of a case which has
previously been submitted to various relevant public authorities for scrutiny
including the NSW Police Service and the Royal Commission into the NSW
Police Service etc in New South Wales Australia.
1. In 1989 a six year old at an inner city
fundamentalist christian church group in NSW was inveigled and taken into
a back room where the child stated that "I remember a star on the
ground..it had five points with a circle around it with candles on each
point......they lined us up into a girl and a boy line...a girl went in
and a boy went in..when I was in this room I saw the star on the ground...they
told me to sit on the bed....a person in black cloak read from a book..then
this big head came out from the star..then they told me to roll over onto
my stomach then Ian L. stuck his dick in my bum...then later on they gave
me magic crystals to put in my mothers drink and they told me not to tell
anyone anything or they will kill my family".
[The childs seven year old sister was also
present in the room at the same time that the alleged rape took place and
told her Mother, DOCS officers and Doctors from the then Childrens Hospital
Note : this statement was provided in original
form previously but has been reproduced here in the form of "words
to the effect" for the sake of clarity. 2. The subsequent Police investigation
of this instance involving organised ritualistic abuse (RA) lasted some
16 months and although charges were laid against several people the particular
abusers in this incident were not charged or subsequently convicted.
The children concerned disclosed to each person
investigating and a medical examination found evidence of sexual abuse
which was consistent with the stories told by the children.
3. Although the Police informed the Mother
of the children that they could do nothing because of reliance on "children's
evidence" there has never been a comprehensive explanation given by
Police as to exactly why the perpetrators of this abuse in this instance
were not the subject of criminal charges resulting in a conviction.
4. It is understood that although Mr Ian L.
was spoken to by Police that he was never formally interviewed and a formal
statement was never taken. [In fact it is understood that the Police did
go the residences of the alleged offenders and spoke to them and no official
or signed statement was taken].
5. In a letter dated July 9 1992 from Deidre
Grusovin M.P to the Victims Compensation Tribunal it is stated that the
family's General Practitioner clearly indicated his belief that the matter
warranted thorough investigation..the letter also states that the children
"were not ....... interviewed by Police until October and November
1990 twelve months after (the date of the original)..notification"
[ The Mother of the children first contacted
Ms Deidre Grusovin M.P. in February 1990 as a result of difficulties she
was encountering in having allegations of assault against the children
concerned thoroughly investigated by Police. ]
6. It appears that neither the Police nor the
NSW Royal Commission into the Police Service have effectively or adequately
dealt with this case and the complete account of all the relevant facts
available has never been fully traversed or investigated.
The Police Officer who gave evidence to the
Police Royal Commission stated incorrectly that the boy involved was not
the subject of medical evidence, yet a Medical Report from the Sydney Childrens
Hospital stated there was anal penetration. WHY ?
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD Journalist RICHARD GUILLIATT
who routinely downplays allegations of ritualistic abuse or "RA"
only interviewed the Policeman, not the Mother or the Child.
At a Sydney Conference on Paedophilia organised
by the Australian Institute of Criminology Guillat attempted to downplay
this case on the grounds of the unreliability of child evidence.
7. Mr Andrew Stewart a Solicitor at the Police
Royal Commission and a seconded Police Officer Mr Phillip Hudson received
the above information. NSW Police Officer Malcolm Cox who handled the previous
Police investigation gave evidence to the PRC (exhibit number 2734) (Police
Task Force Disk)
8. In a letter to the Victims Compensation
Tribunal dated July 9 1992 Ms Deidre Grusovin M.P stated "My lasting
impression is that (the mother) and her family have been subjected to extraordinary
and unnecessary abuse by the system.At times during this whole sorry saga,
there seemed to be concerted attempts by a number of agencies involved
to discredit (the mother),presumably in order to justify their own inaction
or inability to deal effectively with the genuine concerns of a parent
who feared for the well being of her children,and of other children she
believed to be in a situation of risk."
New Development ;
On Monday 18th August 1997 the NSW District
Court found the above allegations were substantiated and awarded Victims
Compensation (Criminal Compensation) in this matter.
The decision raises serious questions concerning
the past and present efficacy of the NSW Police Royal Commission, the NSW
Police Service and certain Journalists who it would appear have tended
to disbelieved the allegations in the past.......... *********************************************************************
Internal Affairs Officers now working in the
NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Office on NSW Police Royal Commission
NSW D.P.P. has Seconded Police Officers working
on Police Royal Commission derived Prosecutions.
By way of arguable serious conflict of interest
the NSW Directors of Public Prosecutions Office now has NSW Internal Affairs
Police Officers working on prosecution briefs emanating from the work of
the NSW Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service.
It appears innapropriate that Police Officers
from the very Police Service which is the subject of scrutiny are now involved
in the preparation of Prosecution material in relation to fellow members
of the NSW Police Service.
TWO FORMER OFFICERS OF THE NSW POLICE ROYAL
COMMISSION HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE CORRUPT.
The two former Royal Commission Officers (PRC)
are Australian Federal Police Officers (AFP). So much has been revealed
in the Harrison Inquiry into the AFP which investigated corruption claims
against 90 serving and former Federal Police.
The Federal Police Inquiry is headed by Sydney
Senior Legal Counsel Mr Ian Harrison.
One Officer headed the PRC surveillance team.
Both Officers worked for the Police Royal Commission after having worked
for another body the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
on Secondment from the A.F.P.
A Former Police Service Rehabilitation Officer
was routinely directed to direct the return to work of Police Officers
who were arguably still unfit for work thus arguably placing the public
and themselves at risk.......
One of the Persons in charge of the Police
Rehabilitation Section who did this still holds the same employment and
position in the NSW Police Service, although one Manager concerned has
now moved to the NSW Ambulance Service. The Same former Police Service
Rehabilitation Officer also spent many late nights after being directed
to do so cleaning out and sanitising NSW Police Personnel Files before
the commencement of the NSW Police Royal Commission........... *********************************************************************
Other Police Whistleblowers that have arguably
been treated very badly in the past by the NSW Police Service. _____________________________________________________________________
Detective Kim Cook ended up having to leave
the Service after being victimised because he gave evidence leading to
the conviction of at least two detectives.
Former Policewoman Debbie Locke was extensively
victimised by the Police Service and also arguably by the Police Royal
Commission and also ended up having to leave the Police Service and was
medically discharged in late 1996 /early 1997. The Royal Commission allowed
Debbie Locke to be harassed mercilessly while giving evidence at the Police
Royal Commission and while she was heavily pregnant.
Predictably Commissioner Judge James Wood denied
any wrongdoing on the part of the Commission at the time when challenged
in writing over the issue by Whistleblowers Australia Inc Vice President
Dr Jean Lennane.
RE ; NSW POLICE SERVICE INTERNAL WITNESS RESEARCH
PROJECT (Published December 1996).
It would appear that some interesting questions
have even arisen in relation to the undertaking of this study which it
has been advised has taken place under independent auspices.
This study states in effect that a majority
of internal witnesses are happy with the way in which they were handled
by the NSW Police Service and its internal witness support program. In
respect of the numbers allegedly surveyed this is no doubt true , however
it has to be borne in mind that the NSW Police Service selects exactly
who is placed under the auspices of the NSW Police Internal Witness Support
Program in the first place.
It is apparent that there are a number of persons
who would ordinarily be categorised as "internal witnesses" or
"whistleblowers" who have not been placed on the program.
It goes without saying that if such people
are not included within the terms of this study that the figures might
arguably be regarded as misleading.
In addition a former Policeman and Member of
the NSW Branch of Whistleblowers Australia Inc has written the following
letter to the WBA , NSW Branch dated 27th May 1997 ;
As a result of a telephone called received
on 21st May 1997 ; "A NSW Police Service Commissioned Officer has
advised that as an Internal mentor under the scheme of the NSW Police Service
Internal Witness Support Policy , the officer is aware of an Internal Witness
(IW) that was being interviewed for the evaluation of the I.W.S. Policy
and the operating unit, when the interviewer stated he was only one quarter
through the list of I.W.'s to be interviewed. The I.W. commented that he
had already seen the completed evaluation report, including references
to all telephone interviews completed for the evaluation, which was written
by Assistant Commissioner Nixon ("Internal Witness Research Project
Dec 1996") and the interviewer commented that yes she (Nixon) had
got ahead of herself. ......"
Given the foregoing it is arguable that serious
consideration should be given to a truly independent inquiry being established
into the treatment of internal witnesses/whistleblowers by the NSW Police
Service and the above matters.
To cement the reform of the Police Service
, Police whistleblowers such as Kim Cook, Debbie Locke and Michael Cottier
and others should perhaps be invited to re join the Police in a managerial
hands on supervisory role or at least utilised in an ongoing and preferably
paid consultative capacity.
A report by the NSW Ombudsman in November 1997
suggested that the NSW Police Service could improve its treatment of whistleblowers/internal
The Case of Mr Tarek El-Awar of Wollongong.
Mr Awar has made serious allegations against
a Satanist group("The Sentinel") and others in Wollongong. He
has provided Video evidence and other information to the Police Royal Commission
and the NSW Police Service. His allegations include systematic sexual assault,
drugging of adults and include the sacrifice of young babies. Apparently
very little has been done to date. A copy of his correspondence and statements
in relation to these matters is attached to this paper together in the
form of attached files on the Internet.
Recently Mr Tarek El Awar was assaulted again
by a person associated with a network of associated individuals in Wollongong,
NSW and satanic practices. The Police have effectively done nothing or
even applied for an apprehended violnce order to protect Mr El- Awar despite
their knowledge of previous assaults upon him.
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An Open Submission to the NSW Royal Commission
into the NSW Police Service.
Prevention of Police Misconduct/Corruption
associated with Illegal Drugs
This is an open submission to the commission
in response to a general statement from the Commission at one of its hearings
concerning an invitation to make submissions concerning possible solutions
to the problem of illegal drug trade and use and corruption associated
Prevention of Police Misconduct and corruption
associated with Illegal Drugs .
The problem of illegal use of heroin and its
supply is inextricably linked with the phenomenon of Police corruption
At the moment it would appear that there may
be as many as 20-30,000 illegal heroin users in Sydney alone. This provides
a ready market for the sale and distribution of heroin before one considers
the growth of the problem.
One of the first short term priorities must
be to remove the monetary profits from the trade in Heroin. There are two
ways to do this ; legalise heroin or provide free high doses of methadone
at all Public Hospitals with well funded and supported therapeutic psychiatric
and psychological care and treatment.
It is obvious that at present that political
reality means that there would be widespread opposition from Politicians
and indeed the community at large to the first option.
The second option could perhaps be implemented
as follows. Heroin would remain illegal in NSW. The NSW Government would
fund a free high dosing methadone program to be available at all major
public hospitals. Persons with a Heroin problem would be able to register
with the Department of Health without fear of prosecution at any time.
They would be provided with free high doses of methadone together with
an adequate well funded medical treatment program which would include proper
counselling,medical monitoring of their Methadone intake and where appropriate
psychological and / or psychiatric treatment. Persons in jail would also
receive the same treatment option. Persons who registered for the program
would be rigorously and regularly tested for signs of continuing or other
drug use and not be allowed to continue if they failed such tests.
The initial program could be run for an initial
period of two years with efficacious statistical monitoring and medical
evaluation to take place during this period.
In tandem with the above program it might be
worthwhile considering a strictly controlled study amongst a limited number
of heroin users to see if the provision of free heroin under a regime similar
to that of Methadone was a useful option or not.It is postulated that the
implementation of a program along the lines of the above proposals may
have the effect of;
Putting the dealers in Heroin out of business.
Drying up the available supply of illicit money
thereby decreasing the opportunity for associated Police corruption. Decreasing
the incidence of crime committed by heroin users to fund their habit thereby
bringing savings to the community and perhaps so far as the use of Police
time and resources is concerned as well.
Decreasing the use of heroin in jail and opportunities
for corruption in the jail system.
POLICE RESOURCING AND RECRUITMENT.
It is very apparent that many of the problems
associated with alleged Police misconduct, corruption, incompetence and
generally being perceived by a substantial section of the public as not
being interested in particular matters reported to them are due to inadequate
resourcing for Police in general. In tandem with other measures ,there
is a need for longer and better training and for an improvement in pay
levels for Police. (particularly for the junior "ranks" and recruits).
It is our submission that ;
That Every Recruit have a mentor for the first
The emphasis to be on local beat type Policing
with adequate back up from Mobile Patrols
That the initial period of Police Training
be lengthened. That the minimum age for Police Recruitment should be 25
years of age with emphasis on recruiting persons of all backgrounds who
have had some other work and/or life experience. The maximum age for recruitment
could be changed to at least 40 (or 50 especially for specialist functions
such as legal research, investigative accounting scientific work and other
While perhaps the Police should remain one
single unified body they should as an organisation be made accountable
to elected Local Government in their respective local areas.(Preferably
through a Local Council committee which would also include the Local State
M.P. as a member).
LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
At present Police are only accountable to a
large faceless bureaucracy in Sydney being Police Headquarters and the
State Government. There is very little feedback from local areas with regard
to specific concerns relating to law and order, good order and crime in
those areas. Some responsibility for funding and administration could also
be given to each area. Refer to Submission (6) above. Local council supervisory
committees could be held in public and could include regular weekly opportunities
for any member of the public to attend and participate in discussions.
The Police Board could perhaps be made up of elected representatives of
appropriate groupings of each area committee.
Complaints against Police as well as being
referred to the ombudsman and internal affairs should have to be also referred
to the proposed appropriate Local area committees for on going monitoring
and report. If a separate Police Complaints Authority is established instead
of Police Internal Affairs and the Ombudsman there should still be this
level of regular local accountability.
THE OPERATION OF THE POLICE ROYAL COMMISSION
The two main areas of complaint to date have
been (1) the apparent lack of formal accountability of the Police Royal
Commission to anyone else and (2) lack of assistance to informers and whistleblowers.
These problems could be addressed by the Commission
receiving more resources and by the Government providing adequate funding
to the Commission for informers for (1) proper legal representation in
commission proceedings and any other associated legal proceedings or context
(2) Employment and job seeking assistance, (3) General financial assistance
in needy cases, (4) counselling and if necessary psychological and/or psychiatric
assistance. (An extract of an article from another publication follows
to support this submission)
Royal Commissions should also made accountable
to a standing Parliamentary committee as well as making provision for a
formal complaints handling procedure for complaints against such commissions.
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