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 on: February 15, 2018, 06:56:13 PM 
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'Does he have to kill me for action to be taken?'

 A DOMESTIC violence survivor has blasted Queensland Police for "sweeping under the carpet" a privacy breach that resulted in her address being sent to a man accused of raping, bashing, torturing and choking her.

The man is on a domestic violence order banning him from approaching or contacting the woman.

He has been committed to stand trial on multiple assault and sexual violence offences that allegedly happened in the Gympie-Sunshine Coast region in 2015.

 NewsRegional revealed in September that the woman was forced to flee her home and her job after a Caboolture constable put her address on a Queensland Police Service document and sent it to her husband.

The breach was referred to the QPS Ethical Standards Command.

The investigation is over, with Moreton Police District superintendent John Hallam telling the woman the officer would not be reprimanded.

"Inquiries have established that the allegations subject of your complaint identified areas for individual and organisational improvement," Superintendent Hallam said in a letter to the woman.

He did not outline what the "improvement" would entail.

The woman said the breach could have been "catastrophic", possibly ending with the murder of her and her children.

"Does he have to kill me for action to be taken?" she said.

"This was not a simple mistake - this was provision of my home address to someone I was in hiding from, someone who has threatened my life on numerous occasions.

"There was no apology, no acknowledgement of the terror and distress this caused me.

"The officer involved has breached my privacy in the most serious way and ought to be disciplined at the very least."

Queensland public servants have handed out victims' addresses to accused DV perpetrators three times in the past 12 months.

Women's Legal Service Queensland CEO Angela Lynch said authorities needed to take action to prevent this happening again.

"The latest case highlights broader concerns about how the criminal justice system in Queensland responds to domestic violence and in particular the needs of victims," Ms Lynch said.

QPS did not respond to requests for comment.


 on: February 14, 2018, 05:15:27 PM 
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Former cop cleared after leaking video of handcuffed man being bashed in Sufers Paradise

Former Gold Coast sergeant Rick Flori has been found not guilty of misconduct after admitting he leaked CCTV footage showing fellow officers bashing a handcuffed man in custody.

Noah Begic was arrested by police during a night out in Surfers Paradise on January 29, 2012.

The 21-year-old chef was handcuffed and driven into the basement of the Surfers Paradise Police Station car park.

The footage shows one officer drop a knee into Mr Begic's shoulder as he lay on the concrete floor, and then the chef was punched to the head twice.

The CCTV then shows officers placing Mr Begic into the back of a police wagon where he is punched four more times in the head.

The court heard Mr Flori wasn't working on the night of the incident, but he later downloaded the footage and gave it to a journalist.

The sergeant, who resigned from the service last year, pleaded not guilty to two charges of misconduct in public office when the trial began eight days ago, but one of the charges was discontinued yesterday.

To find Mr Flori guilty, jurors were told that they had to be satisfied that he was a member of public office, that he accessed and released the footage, and that he did so to dishonestly cause a detriment to a fellow officer.
Flori wasn't promoted

The senior officer on duty the night of the bashing was Senior Sergeant David Joachim, and the footage shows him washing Mr Begic's blood from the floor of the car park after the incident.

Jurors heard Mr Joachim was promoted to a senior position ahead of Mr Flori.

During the trial, Mr Joachim, who retired from the police service in 2013, testified that he and Mr Flori did not get along.

"He was not a friend," he said.

"I found him rather officious since I was a DDO [District Duty Officer]." he added.

During the Crown's final address to the jury, Prosecutor Todd Fuller said Mr Flori released the CCTV to discredit the senior officer after being overlooked for the promotion.

"This is a course of conduct against David Joachim," he said.

"He knew he wasn't entitled to release it [the footage]," added the prosecutor.
Flori a whistleblower, Defence says

Mr Flori's barrister Saul Holt, QC, told the jury that his client did not have a vendetta against Mr Joachim.

    "This is an act of whistleblowing and not an act of vendetta," he said.

Mr Holt said his client wanted to expose police misconduct which was a problem among some Gold Coast-based officers at the time.

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant," he said.

"Those who blow the whistle do so at a massive personal risk."

During his final address to jurors, Mr Holt said that his client did not dispute that he leaked the footage, which was a breach of police protocols.

"Sometimes the rules must give way to public interest," he said.

"We have to have a police service in which we trust," added the barrister.
'I'd do it again'

Leaving court Mr Flori said he felt vindicated.

"I was very happy that it was going to a jury of my peers and the end result is the way it should be I believe," Mr Flori said.

"I don't regret a minute of it and I'd do the same thing again. Over and over again.

"I'd take a job [in the police force] but the only one would be the commissioner's job."


 on: February 14, 2018, 05:12:29 PM 
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Former Gold Coast police officer Rick Flori ‘not guilty’ of misconduct

SUPPORTERS of former policeman turned whistleblower Rick Flori have openly wept as a jury declared him not guilty of misconduct.

It took more than eight hours for the jury to reach a majority verdict of 11 to one.

“Yes,” one supporter yelled, after the verdict was read out.

Another declared “justice”.

Mr Flori had been accused of leaking a tape of four officers allegedly beating Noa Begic in the Surfers Paradise Police station car park in January 2012.

It showed a handcuffed young chef, Noa Begic, being repeatedly punched and kneed by one officer.

A senior officer is then shown washing Begic’s blood away with a bucket of water.

It was alleged he leaked the tape for personal gain.

EARLIER: THE jury in the misconduct trial against former police officer Rick Flori is deadlock.

Judge David Kent issued a black direction asking the jurors to carefully reconsider the evidence.

The jury has retired once more to consider their verdict.

They have been deliberating for about seven hours in total.

Flori has pleaded in the Southport District Court not guilty to one count of misconduct for releasing footage of “police brutality” in the Surfers Paradise carpark in January 2012.

The footage shows four officers struggling with Noa Begic during which Senior Constable Benjamin Lamb knees and punches Mr Begic.

The district duty officer Senior Sergeant David Joachim is seen in the footage throwing a bucket of water on blood in the carpark floor.

The jury must decide if Flori leaked the footage in order to cause detriment to Mr Joachim


 on: February 11, 2018, 08:13:48 AM 
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Disorderly activity:
a)drunkenness, disorderly or indecent conduct or entertainment of a demoralising character; or

b)unlawful supply of liquor or drugs from the
premises; or

c)unlawful possession at or supply from the premises of firearms of explosives; or

d)the presence of recognised offenders, associates of recognised offenders, or persons subject to
control orders on the premises; or

e)participation of recognised offenders, associates of recognised offenders, or persons subject to
control orders in the management or control of the premises.

Recognised offender:
An adult with a recorded conviction (other than a spent conviction) for an indictable
offence punishable by at least 5 years imprisonment or another offence prescribed under section 77 of the Criminal Code(Fact Sheet Series 2 lists the prescribed offences)

Associate of a recognised offender: A person to whom an official consorting warning has been given under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000.

Person subject to a control order: A  person  given  a  control  order  under  the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (including a registered corresponding control order).

See Fact Sheet 1 for further details. 

Any  structure  or  device  that  alone,  or  as  a  part  of  a  system,  is  designed  to  stop  or  hinder uninvited entry on a premises.

Prohibited items:
a) liquor; or

b)drugs; or

c)a firearm; or

d)an explosive; or

e)any drinking glass, vessel or container that is used (or capable of use) in connection with the storage, supply or consumption or a liquor or drug; or

f)anything that is used (or capable of use) to contribute to or enhance the ambience of the premises in support of the sale of consumption of liquor or drugs, or entertainment of a demoralising character (e.g. bar fitout, music/entertainment systems, stripper’s pole, etc.); or

g)fortification of the premises that is excessive for lawful use for that type of premises.

2013 clubhouses: those listed in the Criminal Code (Criminal Organisations) Regulation 2013

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 on: January 24, 2018, 03:23:42 PM 
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Senior police officer stood down amid probe into ‘inappropriate workplace behaviour’

A SENIOR police officer is at the centre of a probe into inappropriate sexual behaviour.

The male Inspector has been stood down amid an investigation by Taskforce Salus, a team dedicated to stamping out sexual predatory behaviour and serious sexual harassment within Victoria Police.





“A male inspector has been suspended following a Taskforce Salus investigation into inappropriate workplace behaviour,” Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said.

“As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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Taskforce Salus was established to identify and investigate sexual harassment and discrimination allegations made against current or former Police, Protective Services Officers and Victorian Public Service staff.

It followed the 2015 release of a report by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission which conducted an independent review to examine sex discrimination and sexual harassment including predatory behaviour within the force.

Figures provided to the Herald Sun last September revealed at least eight Victoria Police employees had been accused of rape since the phase one report and 12 female force members have laid sexual assault complaints against co-workers.

Taskforce Salus was also investigating nine commissioned officers of the rank of Inspector or above for matters including sexual harassment and inappropriate relationships with others in the force.

The taskforce had investigated more than 100 cases and was still probing a further 80.

Apologising at the time to women who experience harassment at work, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton promised perpetrators would be identified and held to account.

“I want everyone to know that these behaviours will not be tolerated,” Mr Ashton said.

“We know that there is still harm occurring and I again apologise on behalf of our organisation to all of those who have experienced it.”

Three of the Victoria Police employees Mr Ashton is appalled by were sacked and a further 23 had resigned from the force while being investigated over sex allegations made against them.

More to come.



 on: January 16, 2018, 09:12:57 AM 
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Call for secret search warrants lashed by civil libertarians, security experts

Federal investigators want the power to secretly search homes and workplaces, saying the rise of new technology such as message encryption and cryptocurrencies is making it harder to root out corruption and other serious crimes.

As critics warned against parliamentarians approving an "outrageous" increase in police powers, the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity has told an inquiry that the use of delayed notification search warrants should be widened because conventional surveillance techniques are becoming easier to evade.

So-called "sneak and peek" warrants are limited to terrorism investigations for the Australian Federal Police, Victorian, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory police. NSW Police can additionally use them for serious crimes that carry a sentence of at least seven years' jail, including murder, drug manufacturing, money laundering and fraud.

The warrants allow officers to search a suspect's premises and seize evidence without needing to tell the owner or occupier for months or years, if at all, to avoid tipping them off that they are being investigated. In some cases, police can enter a neighbouring premises to gain access to the suspect's home or workplace.

The secretive ACLEI is responsible for investigating corruption and misconduct across federal law enforcement agencies, including the AFP, Australian Border Force, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and anti-money laundering regulator AUSTRAC. It is the closest the Federal government has to an anti-corruption watchdog.

In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry looking at how advances in computer and communications technology are hampering law enforcement's ability to carry out investigations, ACLEI said it relied on covert means to gather evidence but the task was getting harder.

"Many of the potential challenges for law enforcement investigation capability arising from new and emerging ICT-encryption, multiple data storage platforms, dark web, cryptocurrency, social media and messaging apps have been broadly referred to as 'going dark'," the submission said.

ACLEI said the government's metadata retention regime for telecommunications companies had been an important step for investigations but it believed the introduction of delayed notification search warrants merited consideration.

"Since corruption thrives on secrecy – and law enforcement corruption thrives on insider knowledge to hide tracks and avoid detection – a DNSW regime would be a particularly valuable means of ACLEI obtaining information covertly, especially when the effectiveness of ICT surveillance methods may become more limited in future," the submission said.

ACLEI's request has sparked a fierce response, with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's head of border security, John Coyne, saying it was an outrageous power grab.

"It just arms them as a secret police against our police," said Dr Coyne, a former federal police officer.

"Our law enforcement does a lot in this country. Are we willing to subject them to more intrusive checks on their privacy?"

Dr Coyne said the success in targeting crooked cops and other law enforcement officers suggested watchdogs had enough powers to do their jobs as it is.

NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Stephen Blanks said he was concerned about the possibility of "function creep" with more and more law enforcement agencies pushing to use secret warrants.

"It's always disturbing when powers are given to agencies for terrorism, then another agency says they would like to use those for something else," he said.

"That is a problem with not drawing a line in the sand that says some powers are just too dangerous to be given to government agencies."

A spokesman for new Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government would consider the issue when the inquiry's final report was complete.


 on: January 15, 2018, 10:45:30 AM 
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Vaughan Hildebrand: Ex-cop accused of raping, harassing and stalking vulnerable women

FOURTEEN rape charges have been added to a long list of accusations including sexual harassment, stalking and soliciting child pornography against a former Sydney police officer.

A dozen women have now accused ex-constable Vaughan Hildebrand of more than 50 sickening offences.

The 29-year-old from Campbelltown remains behind bars after being twice refused bail.

Many of the allegations came to light after The Daily Telegraph reported Hildebrand had first been charged with 17 offences, mostly of harassing and stalking three women.

Another seven women came forward with accusations against Hildebrand and he was charged with another 16 offences including sexual­ assault and using a carriage service­ to solicit child pornography.

More recently another two women came forward, one who accused Hildebrand­ of raping her repeatedly in 2010.

He faces 14 charges of sexual intercourse­ without consent relating to that woman, among a further 18 charges laid against him.

In total he faces 51 charges for offences­ which allegedly occurred between­ 2010 and 2016.

Among those are a total of 15 charges­ of sexual­ intercourse without consent, 12 counts of using a carriage service to harass and intimidate, six counts of stalking or intimidating with the intention of causing physical fear, one count of misconduct in public office­, and three counts of using a carriage­ service to solicit child pornography­.

Police allege Hildebrand used restricted police data and several social media accounts and phones to haunt his victims, and in one case pretended to be a plastic surgeon to obtain a picture­ of a woman’s breasts.

Many of the offences are alleged to have occurred when Hildebrand was a constable at Sydney City local area command, including blackmailing and harassing female colleagues with their naked photographs.

Hildebrand — who can be seen whipping attack dogs on a YouTube video he posted — was arrested last June.

He is in protective custody­ and has been “tormented” in jail, according to his lawyer.

Police will allege that Hildebrand accessed restricted data on a police computer last January, which sparked an internal investigation by the force’s Professional Standards Command.

After his arrest, he was suspended without pay but resigned from NSW Police Force in October.

Hildebrand allegedly targeted vulnerable­ women and, in two cases, after obtaining pictures of their breasts, he threatened to publish the images unless they sent him more explicit photos. In one case he allegedly threatened­ a woman and said he would contact her partner and publish images he had obtained of her.

Police have not ruled out the possibility of laying further charges.

Hildebrand will next face Central Local Court on February 15.


 on: January 15, 2018, 10:34:55 AM 
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Queensland Opposition vows to abolish covert speed cameras

THE state Opposition has vowed to abolish covert speed cameras if it wins the next state election.

It comes after the Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers called on the State Government to ditch unmarked or unmanned camera trucks, vans and trailers.

LNP treasury spokesman Tim Mander yesterday accused the government of treating Queenslanders like “cash cows” and promised to abolish covert speed cameras.

“Making drivers feel like they have been trapped by a speed camera does nothing to achieve road safety outcomes,” he said.

“The LNP will sign all speed cameras, we will get rid of covert cameras and Labor’s revenue raising.”

Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating, who heads the Road Policing Command, pointed to independent reviews which suggested there was a good balance in Queensland between overt and covert speed camera programs.

He said no officers in the traffic branch had raised concerns with him about covert cameras.

“I strongly believe in the effectiveness of the covert cameras in balance with the overt program,” he said.


 on: January 15, 2018, 06:13:23 AM 
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Sniff test: Berejiklian government to swab drivers for cocaine after police pressure

Coalition’s move follows months of lobbying from NSW police, who say test will improve road safety

Drivers in New South Wales will be subject to roadside tests for cocaine, the latest addition to the state’s mobile drug testing regime.

Guardian Australia understands it will come as part of a broader road safety policy announcement. News Corp reported that the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, would announce the new tests on Monday.

In NSW police are currently able to conduct roadside tests for cannabis, amphetamines and methamphetamine or “ice”, and MDMA. The tests itself – a saliva swab – will not need to be changed to test for cocaine.

The move comes after months of lobbying from NSW police. Earlier in January the state’s police commissioner said roadside cocaine testing would have a “positive outcome on the road toll and road safety”.

But statistics suggest cocaine is not a major contributor to roadside deaths caused by drugs and alcohol. According to the NSW Centre for Road Safety, cocaine was associated with 11 road fatalities between 2012 and 2016, compared with almost 300 associated with cannabis, ecstasy and ice.

There were 393 deaths on NSW roads in 2017, the worst result in seven years. The December period saw a number of crashes involving multiple fatalities, including 22 deaths across the country in the fortnight leading up to Christmas.

Annabelle Falkholt, 21, died in a crash on the NSW south coast that also killed her parents and another driver on Boxing Day. Her sister, the actor Jessica Falkholt, remains in a critical condition after having her life support switched off last week.

The high December death toll has focused attention on road safety laws, despite coming at the end of a year in which the road toll across the country reached near-record lows.

The number of deaths per 100,000 people fell to 4.92 in the 12 months to the end of November, which is close to the all time low of 4.9 set in 2014.


 on: January 14, 2018, 07:24:42 AM 
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Police call for hidden speed cameras to be removed

QUEENSLAND’S frontline cops have called for an end to “sneaky” covert speed cameras they say the public see as simply cash cows for the State Government.

Police union boss Ian Leavers said his officers were tired of suffering abuse as “revenue raisers” and has called on the State Government to ditch the unmarked or unmanned camera trucks, vans and trailers and put more police on the roads.

The police appeal has been backed by the state’s peak motoring body, the RACQ, which said its members hate the hidden cameras which drivers believe just put cash in government coffers.

The state’s fleet of 18 covert cameras snapped 106,000 unhappy drivers last financial year, compared to 163,000 from marked cameras, contributing $132 millions in traffic camera fines to government coffers.

With the state’s cameras at their worst picking up a fine as often as every 39 cars passing them, there’s little escape for Queensland motorists.

Mr Leavers wrote to both sides of politics during the election campaign asking for a commitment for no more unmarked or unmanned speed camera vehicles or trailers.

“Police receive significant criticism from the public and are accused of being ‘revenue raisers’ when unmarked speed camera vans and unstaffed speed camera trailers are deployed,” Mr Leavers wrote to both Labor and LNP during the election campaign.

“We ask for a commitment to the end of using these ‘sneaky’ devices so that we can regain public confidence.”

Mr Leavers said police wanted a commitment “not to introduce any more unstaffed speed cameras, nor to introduce any more covert unmarked speed camera cars, trucks and vans.

“Essentially we are asking for all mobile speed cameras, vans, trailers, cars and trucks to be staffed by police at all times and to be clearly marked with police decals,” Mr Leavers said.

Police Minister Mark Ryan this week pushed the question of ending the cameras to QPS but said there were no plans to take them off the road.

“The deployment of speed cameras is strictly an operational matter for police and the QPS has indicated there is no plan to phase out the use of unmarked mobile speed cameras,” a spokeswoman said.

“The Palaszczuk Government supports the hard work our police do every day on our streets to enforce the speed limits and other road rules that demonstrably save lives.

“There have been too many fatal crashes caused by speed and we are committed to providing police with the resources they need to prevent these tragic accidents.

“The Palaszczuk Government has committed to not civilianising or outsourcing policing duties.”

The QPS said it “has no plan to phase out the use of unmarked mobile speed cameras.”

“The use of unmarked mobile speed cameras is just one of a suite of measures employed by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) aimed at reducing the state’s road toll,” it said in a statement to The Sunday Mail.

dding to driver frustration, of the almost 500,000 fines collected in the 2016 calendar year, more than three-quarters, 373,000, were ‘mum and dad’ speeders in the lowest speeding bracket, doing 13kmh or less over the limit.

Point to point speed cameras, which the RACQ supports, picked up a far higher percentage of higher speeders, collecting 45 per cent of their fines for drivers doing 13kmh-20kmh over the limit.

The RACQ’s Steve Spalding said covert cameras derailed any road safety discussion because motorists believed they were simply revenue raisers.

He said the peak motoring body wanted more police on the roads because they didn’t just monitor speed but general driver behaviour.

Just the presence of a marked police car on the road slowed drivers down, he said.


RUSSIAN-born property developer and multi-millionaire businessman Lev Mizikovsky says speeding fines are doing Queensland police no favours.

The founder of Tamawood Homes and keen motorbike rider Mr Mizikovsky said police were relying on outdated technology to detect speeders.

Just this week, Mr Mizikovsky was given a speeding fine while riding his motorcycle along Ipswich Rd at Annerley. He said there was no way he was doing 75km/h in the 60km/h zone and is going to challenge it.

He said the speed-detection devices only told police officers a vehicle was over the limit, not which one.

If there was a motorbike rider like him among the traffic, they got the fine.

“When you are on a motorbike you automatically get the ticket,” Mr Mizikovsky said. “They have to judge who is getting the ticket and they judge it is the motorbike.”

Mr Mizikovsky said while his fine was not from a camera, he did not doubt they suffered from the same problems.

He echoed calls for the covert cameras to be dropped, saying it would help end criticism of police.


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