BLITZ ON RATS IN THE RANKS – Wednesday March 27 2013

– Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has launched an unprecedented blitz on rats in the ranks as outlaw motorcycle gangs cultivate close links with police, potentially compromising high-level investigations.
The crackdown follows revelations that:
– Some front-line police are suspected of using bodybuilding steroids supplied by bikie gangs.
– Police are exposing themselves to the threat of blackmail by accepting free admission to strip clubs linked to organised crime identities.
– Police have thwarted an attempt to infiltrate the anti-outlaw-bikie Echo Taskforce.
Mr Lay said: “We have really good intelligence that draws strong links between a small number of our people with outlaw motorcycle members, amphetamines and performance-enhancing drugs. This is a real high risk for us.”
He has ordered the anti-corruption Professional Standards Command to set up Taskforce Eagle – a probe into suspicious links between bikies and police. The taskforce is already investigating at least seven cases connected to gyms, tattoo parlours, licensed premises and secondary employment.
The Chief Commissioner wants tougher drug testing, including hair analysis, of suspect officers.
Police believe several officers have been tipping off bikies about secret law-enforcement operations – with the latest case just weeks ago when Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell was allegedly told of a pending raid. And a policeman who had made repeated inquiries into the activities of the anti-bike Echo Taskforce chose to resign after his close links to Comanchero president Amad “Jay” Malkoun were exposed.
Mr Lay said accepting free entry to bikie-controlled strip clubs could compromise police.
One of the largest strip clubs offering free entry to police is Spearmint Rhino, which is linked to Mr Malkoun.
Last month six police were investigated for using police badges to gain entry to a strip club. Four were admonished, one resigned and the other was suspended as part of a broader investigation.
Assistant Commissioner (Professional Standards Command) Emmett Dunne said investigators would regularly check strip clubs’ CCTV records to try to identify police patrons.
Police are also seeking legal advice to determine if such free-entry offers breach touting laws.
Mr Lay has also ordered a new investigation by Taskforce Razon into hidden links between bikies, licensed premises and the nightclub security industry.
Internal police investigations have identified several front-line police units susceptible to abuse of performance-enhancing drugs.
He said recent investigations by the Echo Taskforce had found links between bikies and police.
Senior police are concerned that younger officers are getting tattoos at bikie-controlled parlours.
He said police had tightened recruiting procedures to identify applicants who had relationships that could be potentially compromising – John Silvester


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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