Show us proof of corruption: police

NSW Police have put the director of Alcohol and Drug Services at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney, Dr Alex Wodak, on notice to put up or shut up over claims he made about police corruption and the illegal drugs trade.

Dr Wodak, as guest speaker at a forum on cannabis law reform during MardiGrass, said there were links between the black market in drugs and corrupt police comments that were also published in The Echo last month.

But NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has taken umbrage at the comments, saying that as a respected and responsible physician, Dr Wodak had an obligation to bring any knowledge he had of this activity to the relevant authorities.

I am deeply concerned Dr Wodaks comments have unfairly smeared all police who work hard to uphold the law. That is not right, Mr Scipione said.

As Commissioner of Police I am determined to tackle head-on any suggestion of police corruption that might exist. I have directed the NSWPF Professional Standards Command to contact the doctor and follow up the allegations he has made.

Dr Wodak, who is also the president of both the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and the International Harm Reduction Association, told The Echo last month that Inevitably where there is contact between black-market criminals and police there is rampant police corruption. If we want to get tough on police corruption and the cause of it, then logically the thing to do is to tax and regulate cannabis to take the black market away from corrupt police.

He was unable to respond to the police commissioners comments yesterday (Wednesday) as he had left for an overseas conference on harm minimisation.


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