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Paul Dale grew up in Yackandandah eager to be a cop. He completed his dream and have become a detective who thrived on catching crooks. yet in 2003, issues began to get it wrong. one other detective was once arrested burgling a drug apartment with an informer, Terry Hodson, and in go back for a lighter sentence, Hodson named Dale as an companion. Then Hodson used to be murdered, and Dale used to be arrested as a suspect.There a nightmare that lasted approximately ten years.While the gangland wars raged, Victoria Police pursued Dale, lucrative hitmen and drug lords for statements opposed to him. He spent seven months within the state's such a lot infamous detention center, charged with homicide at the testimony of killer Carl Williams, and was once even accused of establishing the homicide of Carl Williams in prison.In 2013, Dale ultimately got here ahead of a jury on perjury fees and used to be came across now not in charge on all counts. Now, for the 1st time, Paul Dale tells his tale. He poses a query that are meant to problem us all: If Paul Dale did not do it,...

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I tucked that knowledge away in the back of my mind: you can never rely on crooks who have something to gain. Their statements aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. A typical day at the PSG would begin with a couple of hours of physical training. We might then be called in to do a line search for one of the detective squads. Or if there was a bikie event in a country town, a bunch of us would go and mingle with the bikies in an attempt to keep some kind of order. We had a ball: plain clothes, overnight expenses paid, use of a work car – fun times.

I made sure I put in as many working hours as the best of them, and I was right there alongside others working as hard as me. There used to be an automatic promotion after five years from constable to senior constable. Then the automatic promotion was removed and the non-promotion period shortened to four years. As soon as promotion opportunities came my way, I did everything I could to earn them. I transferred back to the country in 1991, both to get a wider range of experience and because I longed for home, country air, footy and folks I knew.

I can’t even imagine what our drinking conversations might have sounded like to civilians listening in. My second death message was the polar opposite of the first, and it illustrated the diverse nature of the people cops dealt with. I had to do a death knock to tell a woman her son had been killed. As soon as she opened the door and saw two police officers on her doorstep, her face twisted with loathing. ‘Fuck off,’ she sneered. ’ ‘Ma’am, I need to deliver some news…’ I was persistent. I had to be.

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