Tweed-Byron’s former second most senior police officer will face court in July charged with lying to the Police Integrity Commission (PIC).
The disgraced former detective, Inspector Shane Diehm, was discharged with full entitlements late last year after testing positive to cocaine use following a retirement party for a fellow officer at a Sydney pub in August 2011.
Diehm will now face Downing Centre Local Court in July charged with eight counts of giving false or misleading evidence to the commission.
A PIC spokesperson told APN Media the charges against Diehm were part of an ongoing investigation into a number of serving and former NSW police officers in relation to allegations of drug use, drug supply, release of confidential police information and issues relating to the police force’s medical discharge system.
Codenamed Operation Ischia, the investigation was initiated in 2011 and has since been widened to examine related offences suspected to have taken place north of the border with the assistance of the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission.
Three senior officers returned positive results from drug tests following a tip-off received the day after the party in Sydney.
Another former NSW police inspector, Matthew Dennis, a colleague of Diehm’s, and Australian Federal Police sky marshal Darren Kolosque also tested positive for cocaine use.
Dennis also faces charges of lying to the commission.
Kolosque, also a former NSW policeman and recipient of a bravery award, is understood to have confessed to the allegations after the drug tests and resigned.
Diehm received his full entitlements as he was not dismissed by the commissioner, neither was he subjected to any disciplinary action.