Confessions of a Crooked Cop. From the Golden Mile to by Sean Padraic

By Sean Padraic

Detective Sergeant Trevor Haken was once one of many notorious Golden Mile′s such a lot crooked police officers. Now he lives in hiding, in a hell of his personal construction. Graduating from small bribes to stealing cash and receiving kickbacks from drug dealers, Haken grew to become an informant for the wooden Royal fee into corruption within the New South Wales Police provider. The Commission′s findings despatched shockwaves throughout the police strength and beyond, leading to the dismissal and resignation of many officers, and the reorganisation of policing within the kingdom. Haken′s function in collecting facts was once the most important to the result of the fee and hugely risky. If somebody had searched him and located a wire, he may were killed. And Haken used to be stressed out a minimum of 80 occasions. the chance elevated at each assembly. Remarkably, writer Sean Padraic won Haken′s aid and belief. utilizing Haken′s phrases and testimony, CONFESSIONS OF A CROOKED COP is a startling...

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It is wrong to assume that Haken thought he was facing a jail term for his corruption. Historically, very few investigations into corruption ever went further than allowing an officer to resign or, at worst, be dismissed. Two officers had been convicted as a result of Operation Raindrop (which looked at the corrupt dealings between a criminal and police) in 1985 but were later freed on appeal and the convictions quashed. Prior to the Royal Commission there had been many inquiries into corruption, such as operations Casper, Casper 2, Seca and Asset.

And so the Royal Commission issued by the Governor, by letters patent under the public seal on 13 May 1994, appointed the Honourable James Roland Tomson Wood sole commissioner to make inquiry into, and report on, the operation of the NSW Police Service. Wood appointed as his senior legal counsel Gary Crooke QC who had vast experience at the Fitzgerald Inquiry (which investigated police corruption in Queensland). Although New South Wales was a very different situation, there would obviously be some lessons — both good and bad — from the Fitzgerald Inquiry that could be put to use in New South Wales.

As a young boy scout, Trevor suffered at the hands of his scoutmaster who molested him. While still a teenager, his father died. As a result, he felt that he was different from those around him, that he was an outsider, and it was a sensation he never liked. And so Haken joined the brotherhood of police and joined a way of life. When he broke the solidarity of his group, that life came to a bitter end. Oscar Wilde once said that the truth is rarely pure and never simple. It is a thought worth considering when looking at the life of Detective Sergeant Trevor Haken.

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