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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.



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  1. Great example! And with full entitlements, so he gets rewarded with a paid holiday?
    Don’t get me wrong I am all for legalisation of everything. If people want to kill themselves is their business , but make it fair for everyone.

  2. I understand the stresses and pressures of policing on good men and women, but don’t understand how a senior officer who has been found guilty of a criminal offence can be “discharged with full entitlements”. If it was you or I we would be charged, we would have a criminal record and would be dismissed without access to long service leave, superannuation etc. I would have thought a higher level of responsibility and accountability would sit with those charged with upholding the law?

    • To sceptical, you should get your facts right before you comment! In the mining industry you are drug tested everyday before you begin your duties. If you are found with drugs in your system, guess what?? You are NOT sacked, you do not have a criminal record, YOu ARE SENT HOME until the drugs are out of your system!!!
      One officer admitted to taking the drugs. How do you know that the other two officers, all friends, didn’t get drugs in their system by innocently helping a friend? By touching something that has a powder residue (from drugs) on it that drug residue can be absorbed into the system. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?? Where are all the facts from this case?? Why is it taking so long to form a decision? Are they trying to make an example of these officers and if so why?? If they are innocent, this must be taking a huge toll on their family. Remember, they are someone’s dad, husband, son, brother, uncle, grandchild and friend.


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