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The Wood Royal Commission 1997 - a section from the "Glossary" [Sep. 28th, 2008|05:03 pm]
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Commissioner: The Hon Justice JRT Wood May 1997

© The Government of the State of New South Wales 1997.

The expressions listed below describe corrupt and/or criminal practices and other colloquialisms referred to in evidence received by the Royal Commission and in this Report.

A graders expression used by police to describe the perceived elite members of the Service - usually referring to senior detectives in the specialist squads and task forces. (More often used by a person who considers that he or she is already a member of that group).

barbeque set clique of senior and/or corrupt police in the 1980s who regularly socialised together.

blooding or ‘to blood’ in general, the breaking in of police to the realities of policing following graduation from the Academy; in the context of corruption, the breaking in of police to corrupt practices by including them in an activity which may compromise them.

book up (drugs) the police process of recording drugs seized during raids.

brick-up see load up

buy-bust form of police operation in which an undercover officer buys drugs and then arrests the dealer. buy money funds used by police to perform an undercover drug purchase.

Christmas Club term given to a group of JTF detectives involved in the theft and distribution among themselves of a large sum of money.

cockatoo a lookout

a ‘cook’ the chemical process involved in the manufacture of amphetamine.

cut the division of a quantity of a drug into smaller quantities often with the addition of another cheaper substance in order to increase the overall quantity.

deemed supply common expression used for the offence under s. 29 Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 whereby the possession by a person of a certain amount of a prohibited drug(s) is ‘deemed’ to be for supply unless the person can prove otherwise.

dive-bombing surprise/random visits by a commander/supervisor to stations, operations or surveillance posts.

dog an officer who reports other officers or breaks the code of silence.


rat same as dog

the laugh the term given to a system of corrupt payments, during the 1980s and early 1990s, between Kings Cross detectives and local criminals for protection from prosecution, primarily shared by sergeants.

trifecta the colloquial term given by police to a series of three minor charges, for example, - offensive language/behaviour, resist arrest, and assault police. This practice has been used by police to legitimise arrests of individuals against whom there is no legitimate charge, or by way of payback or harassment.

verbal false evidence given by police that a suspect had confessed or made inculpatory remarks at the time of arrest or during an interview

I have been sifting through some old records and have located specific issues reported in the press. (The Australian Newspaper Friday July 14th 1995 Page 3 ) regarding an admission of bribes paid to police by pornographic outlets in King's Cross and I quote journalist Katherine Glascott

"The head of the a police vice and gaming squad had taken bribes worth thousands of dollars from illicit sex video outlets, a corrupt detective told the NSW Royal Commission into police yesterday. Detective sergeant Kim Thompson also alleged he had received regular payments of protection money from the vice-president of the Kings Cross Chamber of Commerce....who passed it on behalf of a pornographic video outlet"

However that having been said ...