WE HAVE A GANG TOO – Monday April 1st 2013

– Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay describes Brett Guerin as a hard-nosed investigator, which is just as well because he is about to stick it into places where it will be most unwelcome.
Superintendent Guerin has been moved from the Crime Department to take over the Razon Liquor Taskforce with one instruction – “Take on the bikies.”
“We are going to let him loose on the nightclubs to get a far better understanding on the security side of things and links back to organised crime. You will see some fireworks down there in four to five weeks,” Mr Lay told Fairfax Media.
For years the Razon Taskforce has tried to work hand in hand with licensed premises to deal with problems such as violence, underage drinking and the serving of intoxicated customers.
But now with Mr Lay’s “back-to-the-future” order, Razon will rigorously enforce the law rather than send licensees to the naughty chair over infractions.
The reason for the change of approach is growing evidence that outlaw motorcycle gangs are dominating key sections of the nightclub security business.
They may not be registered crowd controllers, but police say bikies are effectively controlling the doors, and this has nothing to do with earning the going rate of $30 an hour and everything to do with creating a drug monopoly. Those who decide who enters a club can dominate the drug flow inside – bikies on the door inevitably mean bikie drug dealers on the floor.
So Superintendent Guerin has been given licence to chase the unlicensed inside licensed premises.
While the team has yet to earn the moniker “Guerin’s Guerillas”, Mr Lay expects them to have a door-busting impact when they are up and about.
Superintendent Guerin is a man with an engaging laugh and a quick wit. It his background is at the sharp end of criminal investigations, and Mr Lay has identified him as the right man for the job.
“We have a message to any bikie gang members who want to be involved in nightclub security. We have a gang too – it is called the Victoria Police. And I’ll give you a tip. Our gang is bigger than your gang,” he said.
Superintendent Guerin will have access not only to his own troops but also to a large number from the Operational Response Unit.
“If bikies say they are not working the door and we see them controlling who comes in, then than just won’t wash,” he said.
“If we find a licensed premise that uses bikies as unlicensed security, we will have 50 cops there today and 50 cops there tomorrow. We will pester and annoy until they see the error in their ways.”
Increasingly, nightclub owners are telling police they are being forced to employ bikie-connected bouncers as part of the strategy to do I ate the illicit pill market. Some owners say they are considering leaving the business as intimidatory tactics increase.
“We think our intervention will be welcomed by most licensees,” Superintendent Guerin said. And those who don’t can expect little sympathy.
Police say the nightclub industry is chronically flawed and they are the ones left to deal with the fallout.
They say the root problem is that there are too many clubs serving too much alcohol to too many patrons over too many hours.
According to Superintendent Guerin, those who fill patrons full of grog and then shovel them out onto the street for police to deal with will find themselves under increasing scrutiny.
Part of the Razon Taskforce’s brief is to develop business profiles of the companies running Melbourne’s nightclubs, strip clubs and security companies to identify links to organised crime identities.
Police have long suspected some strip clubs and nightspots are owned by senior outlaw motorcycle members, whose financial interests are concealed through front men and Trojan-horse companies.
Areas to be targeted include King Street, Chapel Street and parts of the Mornington Peninsula where bikies have been seen controlling bar doors.
As one senior investigator said: “I spend half my time chasing them during the week. They are the last thing I want to look at while having a beer on a Sunday afternoon.” – 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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