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1 Victoria Police SOCAP Australia International Symposium 2004 Detective Inspector Bob Sitlington SOCAP Australia International Symposium 2004 Detective Inspector Bob Sitlington

2 Victoria Police n Managing an Extortion / Threat –Initial Action n What You Can Do to Help? n Who Should You Contact? –Evidence Handling –The Value of Crisis Management Teams –The Need for Confidentiality and Trust n Motives –Case Studies n Managing an Extortion / Threat –Initial Action n What You Can Do to Help? n Who Should You Contact? –Evidence Handling –The Value of Crisis Management Teams –The Need for Confidentiality and Trust n Motives –Case Studies

3 Victoria Police n Who should you contact? –Local Police or Specialists n Confidentiality n Crisis Management Teams n Who should you contact? –Local Police or Specialists n Confidentiality n Crisis Management Teams

4 Police Role & Responsibility u Police Have the Responsibility to Investigate All: –Deliberate Product Contaminations or Extortions –Attempts or Threats u Partnership Approach u Covert Investigations u Victim’s Company Must Be Protected / Interests of Public Safety u Police Have the Responsibility to Investigate All: –Deliberate Product Contaminations or Extortions –Attempts or Threats u Partnership Approach u Covert Investigations u Victim’s Company Must Be Protected / Interests of Public Safety

5 Receiving a Threat u DEMANDS - Verbal, Written, Electronic: –telephone contact –audio tape demand/instructions –written demand sent directly –demands through an agent either u innocent agent u co-offender u media outlet u u facsimile u combination of such methods u DEMANDS - Verbal, Written, Electronic: –telephone contact –audio tape demand/instructions –written demand sent directly –demands through an agent either u innocent agent u co-offender u media outlet u u facsimile u combination of such methods

6 Immediate Action u Maintain Comprehensive Notes –“If it’s worth a mental note - it’s worth a written one.” u What to Note –Time & date of receipt of call / letter –Which telephone was the threat/demand received on? –Names of all persons who handled the call / letter –Nature of the threat and all details given by caller –Anything about the caller u Maintain Comprehensive Notes –“If it’s worth a mental note - it’s worth a written one.” u What to Note –Time & date of receipt of call / letter –Which telephone was the threat/demand received on? –Names of all persons who handled the call / letter –Nature of the threat and all details given by caller –Anything about the caller

7 What is an Exhibit? u The Threat u The Product u Original Packaging u Original Container (that product may have been placed in after detection of contamination) u Associated Packaging u Article Used to Contaminate Product eg. pin/needle/syringe/coil of wire u The Threat u The Product u Original Packaging u Original Container (that product may have been placed in after detection of contamination) u Associated Packaging u Article Used to Contaminate Product eg. pin/needle/syringe/coil of wire

8 Collection of Evidence Preserve Evidence! n Handling of Exhibits –Letter/Documents - Leave in situ –Absolute minimum handling –If necessary handle from the edges –DO NOT PHOTOCOPY n In all Cases –where possible isolate the threat –place in secure storage Preserve Evidence! n Handling of Exhibits –Letter/Documents - Leave in situ –Absolute minimum handling –If necessary handle from the edges –DO NOT PHOTOCOPY n In all Cases –where possible isolate the threat –place in secure storage

9 MotiveMotive n Not necessary to prove at law n Will assist proving criminal intent n Not necessary to prove at law n Will assist proving criminal intent

10 Case Study Operation Moory “Mr. Water” Operation Moory “Mr. Water”

11 Operation Moory n Extortion - Melbourne Water n January 2003 n Offender - Cezary (Robert) Konarzewski n ed - National Security Hotline Office n Threatened to explode cyanide filled containers in 3rd largest Melbourne Reservoir n Extortion - Melbourne Water n January 2003 n Offender - Cezary (Robert) Konarzewski n ed - National Security Hotline Office n Threatened to explode cyanide filled containers in 3rd largest Melbourne Reservoir

12 Operation Moory n Non negotiable deal n Melbourne Water to Respond by placing coded messages in the “Age” Newspaper n Remote system to detonate drums n Wanted money by manipulating ASX n More details to come n Different address for each contact n Prime Minister and Premier notified n Non negotiable deal n Melbourne Water to Respond by placing coded messages in the “Age” Newspaper n Remote system to detonate drums n Wanted money by manipulating ASX n More details to come n Different address for each contact n Prime Minister and Premier notified

13 Risk Assessment A Tripartism Approach n Department of Human Services n Melbourne Water / Water Industry n Victoria Police - Tactical Response Squad n Department of Human Services n Melbourne Water / Water Industry n Victoria Police - Tactical Response Squad

14 Assessing the Risk n DHS –Poison Potential –Emergency Action / Public Notification n Water Industry –Physical check for recent / current security breaches (including video) –Check Incident Reports –Identification of possible target reservoir n DHS –Poison Potential –Emergency Action / Public Notification n Water Industry –Physical check for recent / current security breaches (including video) –Check Incident Reports –Identification of possible target reservoir

15 Assessing the Risk (Con’t) n Tactical Response Squad –Assessment of Threat n transmitters / bombs / range n type of drums n recent theft of cyanide other poisons (nationally) n SIG / ASIO assessment n offender profiling n Tactical Response Squad –Assessment of Threat n transmitters / bombs / range n type of drums n recent theft of cyanide other poisons (nationally) n SIG / ASIO assessment n offender profiling

16 Assessing the Risk (Con’t) n Type of Threat –Non specific target / specific methodology n Likelihood of Threat –Poor selection of frequency –No reported thefts of cyanide or other poisons –Intelligence - no known threats –Lethal dose of cyanide 1000 kg/ megalitre –Unlikely entry to reservoirs undetected –Breach identified at Preston n Type of Threat –Non specific target / specific methodology n Likelihood of Threat –Poor selection of frequency –No reported thefts of cyanide or other poisons –Intelligence - no known threats –Lethal dose of cyanide 1000 kg/ megalitre –Unlikely entry to reservoirs undetected –Breach identified at Preston

17 Risk Assessment Outcomes n Increased vigilance by staff at all Water Industry Sites n Melbourne Water requested to actively monitor Web site n No threat to water supply n Public not at risk n Increased vigilance by staff at all Water Industry Sites n Melbourne Water requested to actively monitor Web site n No threat to water supply n Public not at risk

18 Standby Media Release Media release drafted and approved by DHS / Melbourne Water Industry / Police

19 Detail of Investigation n Initial contact - 22/1/03 n Computer Crime –Creation of address –Creation of Hello.doc –Access to National Security Hotline n Offender identified - 24/1/03 n 24/7 surveillance n Initial contact - 22/1/03 n Computer Crime –Creation of address –Creation of Hello.doc –Access to National Security Hotline n Offender identified - 24/1/03 n 24/7 surveillance

20 Evidence Against Accused n Use of Wyndham City Library Computer n Creation of Hello.doc n Polish Web Sites Browsed n TD Waterhouse Site Browsed n National Security Hotline Accessed n Identification Located at Home Address n Home Computer Located & Analysed n No Admissions n Use of Wyndham City Library Computer n Creation of Hello.doc n Polish Web Sites Browsed n TD Waterhouse Site Browsed n National Security Hotline Accessed n Identification Located at Home Address n Home Computer Located & Analysed n No Admissions

21 Motive?Motive?

22 Investigation Outcome n Mr Water –guilty plea - Melbourne County Court –Sentence 2.5 years (non parole 9 mths) –Ordered to pay Melbourne Water $11,349 –Cost of Investigation $286,000 plus n Mr Water –guilty plea - Melbourne County Court –Sentence 2.5 years (non parole 9 mths) –Ordered to pay Melbourne Water $11,349 –Cost of Investigation $286,000 plus

23 Case Study No. 2 Motive n Regional Pie Manufacturer n Purchased by a local couple n Regional Pie Manufacturer n Purchased by a local couple

24 Sample Product

25 Contaminated Product

26 Contaminated Product (Open Section)

27 Place of Purchase

28 Production Line

29 Investigation of Victim n Background Check n Theft from Premises n Background Check n Theft from Premises

30 Motive?Motive?

31 Suppression Order n Confidentiality

32 Guiding Principles n Initial Action –Managers & Supervisors n Confidentiality –Specialists n Confidence / Co-operation –Built on Trust n Crisis Management Team –Practice n Build Strong Relationships –Know Key Players - Industry Wide n Initial Action –Managers & Supervisors n Confidentiality –Specialists n Confidence / Co-operation –Built on Trust n Crisis Management Team –Practice n Build Strong Relationships –Know Key Players - Industry Wide

33 QuestionsQuestions


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