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DEFENCE members are encour-
aged to support local clubs and
community groups but should be
careful of mixing with the wrong
groups, according to Defence
Inspector General Michael
Mr Callan said the recent case
of a sailor convicted and jailed for
stealing weapons from a patrol boat
in Darwin highlighted that Defence
held assets, particularly weapons,
which were attractive to criminal
He said organised crime groups
were known to deliberately target
public sector employees.
"These groups will attempt to
take advantage of connections in
search of information, opportuni-
ties, services or markets to exploit
for profit," he said.
"This poses a serious fraud, cor-
ruption and security risk to ADF
and Defence civilian employees."
He said Defence members who
struck up a friendship, frequented
the businesses of and accepted gifts
or free memberships from organised
crime groups could, even unwitting-
ly, create an expectation that they
would provide something in return.
"Add to that the potential for
threats against you or your family
and you can see how the corrupt,
fraudulent or improper activity that
follows can quickly escalate."
Mr Callan said a small number of
ADF members and Defence civilians
were known to belong to, or associ-
ate with, outlaw motorcycle gangs.
"While such membership or
association is not illegal, it may
place Defence members in a dif-
ficult position if they have access
which could be exploited by an out-
law motorcycle gang," he said.
"This is particularly of concern
where weapons and explosive ord-
nance are involved. Civilian law
enforcement agencies have previ-
ously confirmed that some Defence
personnel have been associated
with drug and weapons trafficking
for organised crime groups."
In 2008 a police operation
uncovered ADF personnel smug-
gling weapons into Australia from
"Firearms are a commod-
ity used to aid criminal activity and
strengthen a criminal group's mar-
ket position," Mr Callan said.
"Increased border surveillance
means illegally imported weapons
are harder to acquire, which increas-
es the risk to ADF members."
Earlier this year Victoria Police
revealed a number of high-ranking
crime figures had infiltrated their
ranks, which put undercover oper-
atives in danger and jeopardised
There were also allegations
officers were involved in drug traf-
ficking and illegal steroid use.
"We would not wish Defence to
face a similar risk," Mr Callan said.
He said Defence had policies
and guidance in place to prevent
criminal activity gaining a foothold.
"Mandatory fraud and ethics
training are also a good source of
advice to help our people avoid
being compromised," he said.
"As a Defence member you
need to beware of who you
Defence members are reminded
that any contact with individuals or
groups of concern, including out-
law motorcycle gangs, should be
reported to the Defence Security
Authority as a Contact Report
For more information go to http://intranet.
and click on "Contact Reporting". Also see
DI(G) PERS 25-2 and DI(G) PERS 25-6.
Be aware of
Defence personnel risk being recruited by gangs
Criminal intent: Soldiers should
be wary of approaches by
organised crime groups seeking
to exploit their knowledge and
access to restricted items.
Photo by Sgt Mick Davis
Examples of criminal activity associated
with Defence members include:
Staff being close associates of serious
and organised crime figures.
Trafficking illicit drugs.
Providing information or intelligence
gained through employment to criminal
Providing information to criminals to ena-
ble planning and execution of robberies.
Providing information about or access to
weapons or ammunition.
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