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One bad apple found in ACT Policing

By johnboy 14 October 2011 30

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The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity has released a report from last year on a very dodgy police constable.

This investigation primarily concerns suggestions that an ACT Policing constable, an appointee of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), had improperly disposed of illicit drugs (tablets which he had received in the course of his duties in October 2007), apparently by flushing them down a police station toilet. The information raised the possibility that the constable had not disposed of the tablets, but had kept them for his own use, or to sell or give them to another person.

Giving evidence to a hearing convened by the Integrity Commissioner, the constable admitted to disposing of the tablets in an unapproved way. The investigation established that no other AFP employee witnessed the claimed disposal of the drugs, but discovered no evidence that the constable had kept the tablets.

The constable made other admissions, relating to retaining property improperly, misusing police vehicles and accepting gratuities from licensed premises.

The AFP dismissed the constable, taking into account evidence which the Integrity Commissioner provided to the AFP Commissioner during the course of this investigation.

The Canberra Times reports on this case and another policeman having a relationship with a brothel owner.

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Lookout Smithers 9:38 am 26 Oct 11

Young inexperienced copper made error of judgement? You make mistakes in life and hopefully learn from them. This is hardly something to be fed to the hang em high mob over. Nothing in this story at all.

TAD 6:40 am 26 Oct 11

How do you think this dumb fukc got caught? It was his honest colleagues who dobbed him in.

The ACLEI then spent a year trying to find endemic corruption and only found this tool. You know why? Because in ACTP it doesn’t exist.

Every inquiry and witch hunt has found the same thing.

creative_canberran 9:47 pm 25 Oct 11

farnarkler said :

This dumb f*ck just managed to get himself caught. Makes you wonder how many of them are smart enough to not get themselves caught.

I would suggest that there’s probably heaps more who aren’t smart enough not to get caught, but the culture or fellow “degenerates” cover for them.
Recalling past examples of police corruption, it tends to be small teams/units where they all come to an understanding, or there’s involvement at seniors levels.

I’m not suggesting that’s the case with the AFP, only that in these kinds of institutions, the culture can often keep things under wraps.

ExFeds 8:34 pm 25 Oct 11

farnarkler said :

According to the AFP annual report, there are a little over 6,000 police officers. Of course, in a group of that size, you’re going to find all sorts of degenerates, just like in any other group of approximately 6,000. This dumb f*ck just managed to get himself caught. Makes you wonder how many of them are smart enough to not get themselves caught.

I would be considering the intellectual ability of the investigators, not the ability to get caught…bit like Police v Public 🙂

farnarkler 8:17 pm 25 Oct 11

According to the AFP annual report, there are a little over 6,000 police officers. Of course, in a group of that size, you’re going to find all sorts of degenerates, just like in any other group of approximately 6,000. This dumb f*ck just managed to get himself caught. Makes you wonder how many of them are smart enough to not get themselves caught.

ExFeds 7:57 pm 25 Oct 11

Ozi said :

Tooks said :

If you know nothing about the law, why bother throwing out stupid hypotheticals? If you flushed drugs down your work dunny, then obviously there is no proof they were illicit drugs, therefore no charges.

Get a clue.

Don’t let facts get in the way of a good knee-jerk rant, Tooks. Pfft. Talk about going against everything RiotACT stands for.

And Ex-Feds, is there a possible link between your jaded attitude and username? Hmm?

I think anything with Feds in the text is jaded 🙂

schmeah 10:40 am 25 Oct 11

At least he was dismissed, in Queensland you get a promotion for this.

Antagonist 10:11 am 25 Oct 11

There are two particular lines in this that make me laugh. My favourite is #35 from the findings of this little side-show.

“The unlawful retention of property by the constable may give rise to a criminal offence”

” 35. Having regard to the constable’s admissions and the conduct engaged in, I do not find that the constable engaged in corrupt conduct. Any evidence that he had retained the drugs may have led to a different conclusion.”

So let me get this right … just in case I end up in a courtroom:

1. The unlawful retention of property (say a Ferrari) is not a criminal offence, but MAY GIVE RISE TO ONE.

2. AFP Officers cannot be engaging in corrupt conduct unless there is EVIDENCE that they are drug dealers/suppliers.

This stuff is laughable.

Ozi 10:08 am 25 Oct 11

Tooks said :

If you know nothing about the law, why bother throwing out stupid hypotheticals? If you flushed drugs down your work dunny, then obviously there is no proof they were illicit drugs, therefore no charges.

Get a clue.

Don’t let facts get in the way of a good knee-jerk rant, Tooks. Pfft. Talk about going against everything RiotACT stands for.

And Ex-Feds, is there a possible link between your jaded attitude and username? Hmm?

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