The work of investigators is at the core of the CCC. As an investigator with the CCC you’ll be an essential part of the multidisciplinary teams that fight crime and corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community. The profile below highlights some of the challenges, complexities and rewards of working on CCC investigations.
Charles Kohn was formerly a Detective Senior Sergeant with the Queensland Police Service, seconded to the CCC. He is now Deputy Independent Assessor at the Office of the Independent Assessor, heading up a team of specialist investigators and prosecuting lawyers.
“I worked with the CCC as a Detective Senior Sergeant (Operations Leader) in both the Organised Crime and Corruption areas. Most investigations in Crime and Corruption are protracted, often multi-jurisdictional, requiring you to work nationally and internationally with other law enforcement agencies, and run by multi-disciplinary teams. Those teams include investigators, forensic accountants, intelligence analysts, administrative staff and a dedicated lawyer.
Internal support resources such as physical and technical surveillance, forensic computing, forensic accountants, and the State's witness protection unit are all at hand. All this makes running challenging and complex investigations at the CCC very effective.
I would highly recommend any senior detective or civilian investigator to seriously consider working for a period with the CCC because it offers the opportunity to develop knowledge and experiences you probably even haven't considered yet.
Having spent my earlier career as a detective investigating criminal offences as a regional detective and with the Australian Crime Commission, I found CCC corruption investigations far more complex and challenging than most.
By way of example, I headed up the two-year Operation Windage, which was the CCC’s investigation into Ipswich City Council. That operation resulted in two mayors, two CEOs, council staff, lawyers, a barrister and contractors to Council being charged with a wide range of offences including extortion, money laundering, fraud, official corruption, misconduct in public office, and attempting to pervert justice.
We found systemic cultural and procedural deficiencies that impacted the entire organisation. Our investigation also contributed to changes in legislation and the unprecedented dismissal of all elected Councillors by the Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multi-cultural Affairs.
The CCC is well equipped to deal with the complexity of this type of investigation.
During my time with the CCC I enjoyed the challenges and the support. I would highly recommend any senior detective or civilian investigator to seriously consider working for a period with the CCC because it offers the opportunity to develop knowledge and experiences you probably even haven't considered yet."