Bikie threats won’t rattle central region’s top cop
YOU need only talk to Mike Condon for a few seconds to realise he's a man not easily shaken.
The veteran policeman has dealt with the state's worst criminals for 30 years and you can tell the latest bikie threats of violence against police have not left him sleepless.
Now the Central region's top cop, Assistant Commissioner Condon said officers would not be taking a backward step in their bid to eliminate the presence of Criminal Motorcycle Gangs across the state.
"The new legislation has impacted on the ability or will of CMGs to recruit and continue their operations," Asst Comm Condon said.
"Our objective has been and remains to disrupt, dismantle and eliminate CMGs and if they continue to recruit and remain active then they do so at their own peril."
Bikies could do worse than heed the warning Mr Condon laid out.
Condon has been involved in operations for some of the state's most notorious crimes, including the Max Sica triple murder and the Daniel Morcombe investigation.
He led Taskforce Midas from August 2002 to May 2003, where he was charged with leading a team of investigators to bring down Francis Michael Fahey, the man who butchered two Fortitude Valley sex workers.
"I was in charge of homicide for Taskforce Midas and when it comes to investigations like that I personally believe you have to live and breathe the case," he said.
"It's a challenge between you and the suspect or suspects and we're always behind at the start, but as you methodically work through the evidence a picture begins to form and you hopefully end up with evidence sufficient enough to prosecute someone for their crime."
Asst Comm Condon said criminal motorcycle gangs were exactly that - criminals in groups acting unlawfully - and he made no apologies for the state's current hard-nosed stance.
"We'll continue to enforce the new legislation with a united approach," he said.