A protester screams at Police at The Doubtful Creek CSG mining site.
A protester screams at Police at The Doubtful Creek CSG mining site. Patrick Gorbunovs

Protesters’ tactics less than impressive

I AM writing this for two reasons: I have made an oath to uphold and enforce the laws of New South Wales, even though I may not agree with all of those laws.

I still believe in "common decency" and "respect", however I see less and less of that each time I go to work in my blue uniform.

For the record, I am not pro-CSG nor am I anti-CSG. I believe I am an educated person, as I have studied at university for about seven years full-time.

A large part of my study has included sociology, and I was an active member of the Socialist Alliance movement. For reasons that I will not explore in this forum, and in a nutshell, I found the whole movement severely lacking in terms of offering any viable solutions to the endless problems it was so ready to criticise.

I do, however, wish to make comment on the disgusting behaviour of several people during the recent protests at Eden Creek State Forest, near Doubtful Creek.

I have been abused, spat on, had my family threatened, accused of being a servant to "the king"

I have been a police officer in NSW for more than 10 years. During my service, I have worked alongside many fine people, and conversely, I have also worked alongside quite a few idiots who should never have been employed by the NSW Government to "act" as police officers.

I understand that "leaders" of the anti-CSG movement, such as Gordon Fraser and Drew Hutton, are well respected due to their education and "championing" of like-causes.

The Doubtful Creek CSG mining site. Lock The Gate President Drew Hutton, moments before his arrest. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
The Doubtful Creek CSG mining site. Lock The Gate President Drew Hutton, moments before his arrest. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

During the past week, I have also had the unfortunate opportunity to witness these "leaders" first-hand in their primary roles. I have been much less than impressed. You need to be replaced.

I have been abused, spat on, had my family threatened, accused of being a servant to "the king" (whoever he is), questioned about where I live and where my children go to school, videotaped to the nth degree (assuming to make sure I don't bash any protesters) etc.

I am not a violent person, so the videotaping doesn't worry me.

However, if the protesters wish to threaten my family, I may very well choose to alter my "non-violent tendencies".

I guess that is a big part of the protesters' strategy after all. To try and incite some sort of violence while the media is around and hopefully capture some footage of "a bad copper" losing their s**t.

I cannot count exactly how many times I have risked my life and the lives of my colleagues, responding to urgent jobs. Jobs such as a house on fire (unknown if parents and children inside), a person trapped in a vehicle after a collision, an angry, drug-affected person threatening to kill their loved ones, or an armed hold-up, just to name a few.

Police will respond to these jobs in "code red".

I can assure you, if I am driving the police vehicle to any such jobs, the needle on the speedo will spend a lot of time near the 200kmh notch. I don't particularly enjoy, nor do I thrive on placing my own life in jeopardy or the lives of my colleagues, however I feel obliged to do the very best I can in trying to protect or save my fellow community members from a terrible demise.

To the protesters who are so ashamed and disgusted of the work I do in my community: you are belligerent, argumentative and unnecessarily troublesome.

You are an absolute disgrace and I look forward to the next protest, and the one after that, and so on. I also say this to you: You do not pay my wages.

Rather, I pay huge taxes to support your life as a "professional protester".

I am not here to serve your socialist principles, or any of your anti-government ideologies. I am here to protect people from "immediate danger".

Unfortunately, you the protesters have become the "immediate danger".

I wish you well in your legal challenges, but you need to do it at a different venue - may I suggest a courtroom, or Parliament House. After all, neither of us is winning at the moment.



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