COUNTRY COP SHOP PROBE – Tuesday July 2 2013

– Allegations of drug dealing, bribery and failure to investigate rapes, including one of a teenage girl, have been levelled against police in eastern Victoria.
The ‘Herald Sun’ can reveal the force’s professional standard command has been conducting an investigation into corruption and bullying for 19 months.
Operation Preston began following a series of allegations against managers and senior officers based at Bairnsdale – including the production of stubby holders bearing racist language aimed at local aborigines.
It is unclear if it is looking at claims police were involved in local drug dealing and bribery and failing to investigate crimes including rapes – some of which were raised with the Office of Police Integrity in 2008.
Sources told the ‘Herald Sun’ senior commanders’ failure to interview local managers were delaying the outcome. Force command refused to say how many police were under investigation, what they were accused of, or whether some of those being investigated are still to be interviewed.
Inspector Ian Geddes, of the force’s media unit, said: “This is a current investigation and so we are unable to make further comment.
“No member is avoiding or refusing to cooperate…whilst there is some delay, the investigation continues.”
In 2005, the OPI labelled Bairnsdale station a corruption “hotspot”.
In 2009 a veteran officer was charged over two child sex offences and providing false evidence at a Workcover hearing. In 2011, local aborigines lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission after police directed publicans not to serve them alcohol.
The force refuses to say if any officers under investigation have resigned, been put on leave with or without pay, taken extended leave or sick leave, or been moved.
Inspector Geddes did confirm that the production of racist stubby holders had formed part of the initial allegations.
A decision to provide cultural awareness training but take no other disciplinary action against officers who produced the stubby holder is under review after the ‘Herald Sun’ last month drew the case to Chief Commissioner Ken Lay’s attention.
The force refused to say whether other matters were also being investigated or whether any such investigations would be reviewed in light of the decision to review the stubby holder affair – Peter Mickelburough

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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