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      A houseboat.

      The terrifying, law-breaking Hells Angels have hired a houseboat. For their biggest annual party. Because it makes them feel safe.

      It’s Friday, February 17, 2017. 11am. Stinking hot day.

      Jet-fuel shimmer coming off the roads. There are 40-odd gang members here, just standing around.

      Lifers and fresh blood. Presidents. Sergeants-at-Arms. Treasurers. Lots of denim and leather.

      Lots of bull-necks and gold chains. Life’s good. The boat has red leather seating.

      A spa. There’s cold beer. Music’s pumping. Another 60 guys are on the way.

      This all on the Murray River in touristy Mildura, just over the NSW border.

      Mildura because the cops are a bit softer, apparently. Plus a party on water is harder to raid. The Hells angels want privacy. They want peace.

      Then a convoy pulls up.

      Six cops step out wearing t-shirts and cargo shorts. They have guns at their hips.

      They photograph the boat and the men onboard, writing down names. Someone cuts the music.

      Soon, the dick-swinging turns to humiliation as the officers, polite as parking rangers, announce they’re members of Strike Force Raptor, the militarised unit of the NSW Gangs Squad.

      Bikies hate Raptor.

      Its signature tactics have upended modern gang structures, shrunk membership, and leveraged so much pressure on leadership figures that, in one case, a bikie walked into a police station and tearfully handed in his colours, begging to be left alone.

      You’ve seen them on TV — angle-grinding their way into clubhouses, knocking doors off their hinges, lining up gang members so their noses touch the pavement; all very high-octane, but just a glimpse of the job.

      It’s how the squad gets to these arrests, with novel tactics created just for the bikies, that makes Raptor unusual.
      A houseboat.

      The terrifying, law-breaking Hells Angels have hired a houseboat. For their biggest annual party. Because it makes them feel safe.

      It’s Friday, February 17, 2017. 11am. Stinking hot day.

      Jet-fuel shimmer coming off the roads. There are 40-odd gang members here, just standing around.

      Lifers and fresh blood. Presidents. Sergeants-at-Arms. Treasurers. Lots of denim and leather.

      Lots of bull-necks and gold chains. Life’s good. The boat has red leather seating.

      A spa. There’s cold beer. Music’s pumping. Another 60 guys are on the way.

      This all on the Murray River in touristy Mildura, just over the NSW border.

      Mildura because the cops are a bit softer, apparently. Plus a party on water is harder to raid. The Hells angels want privacy. They want peace.

      Then a convoy pulls up.

      Six cops step out wearing t-shirts and cargo shorts. They have guns at their hips.

      They photograph the boat and the men onboard, writing down names. Someone cuts the music.

      Soon, the dick-swinging turns to humiliation as the officers, polite as parking rangers, announce they’re members of Strike Force Raptor, the militarised unit of the NSW Gangs Squad.

      Bikies hate Raptor.

      Its signature tactics have upended modern gang structures, shrunk membership, and leveraged so much pressure on leadership figures that, in one case, a bikie walked into a police station and tearfully handed in his colours, begging to be left alone.

      You’ve seen them on TV — angle-grinding their way into clubhouses, knocking doors off their hinges, lining up gang members so their noses touch the pavement; all very high-octane, but just a glimpse of the job.

      It’s how the squad gets to these arrests, with novel tactics created just for the bikies, that makes Raptor unusual.




      Strike Force Raptor has brought bikie gangs to their knees
      Backed up by their Victorian counterparts, the Raptor officers order the bikies off the houseboat.

      “You can’t touch us, you’re from NSW,” says one of the Hells Angels, pointing out that, yes, Mildura is in Victoria, just beyond Raptor’s jurisdiction.

      Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace with seized gang regalia from Strike Force Raptor’s trophy room. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
      Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace with seized gang regalia from Strike Force Raptor’s trophy room. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
      Except the bikies have it all wrong.

      The Murray River on which their houseboat floats is technically in Raptor territory, courtesy of a dusty old piece of legislation about tidal boundaries and high-water marks that few people know about.

      This is the essence of Raptor’s work. Its officers have perfected the use of antique laws and fine print against their targets.

      They’ve boarded up clubhouses using forgotten laws drafted in the ‘40s to police the sly-grog trade; they’ve taken laws intended for the ‘Razor Gangs’ of East Sydney nearly 100 years ago and tweaked them to stop gang members meeting in public; and they’ve resurrected obscure search powers from the ‘70s to make surprise raids incredibly easy, a fact that’s made storing guns, if you're a criminal, incredibly hard.

      It’s all long-game policing, a throwback to Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, the famed agents of Prohibition-era Chicago who pioneered fresh angles and plays against their targets.

      Which is what Raptor’s attempting now in Mildura. As the Hells Angels stand their ground, refusing to get off the houseboat, an officer spies their motorbikes illegally parked on a nature strip.

      He snaps 35 photographs and writes 35 parking tickets while the negotiations continue.

      Small fry, maybe, but who likes a parking ticket?

      An iPhone photograph taken by police during the Mildura operation. The sign in the foreground shows the motorbikes are parked illegally, allowing fines to be issued.
      An iPhone photograph taken by police during the Mildura operation. The sign in the foreground shows the motorbikes are parked illegally, allowing fines to be issued.
      A Hells Angel cries foul and complains about the jurisdictional niggle, but it’s no use.

      “I’m also a sworn officer in Victoria,” the Raptor cop says, pointing to a little-known fact about Raptor staff, which is that nearly all of them have been deputised as special constables in Queensland, Victoria and the ACT.

      The reason goes back to an incident a few years ago where some bikies zipped across the Victorian border and spun a burnout on the other side, taunting their Raptor pursuers, who couldn’t cross over and fine them.

      The next time it happened, the bikies got a nasty surprise.

      The houseboat hired by the Hells Angels for their party in Mildura. This photograph was taken once police had boarded the vessel.
      The houseboat hired by the Hells Angels for their party in Mildura. This photograph was taken once police had boarded the vessel.
      This back-and-forth goes on a while. The negotiations move into their second hour and the Hells Angels won’t budge.

      An officer gets creative. He calls the boat’s hire company and learns it’s licensed to hold only 12 people, making forcible ejection a legal option.

      The Riot Squad’s put on standby. ”Walk off or be physically removed,” the bikies are told, a threat that seems to resonate with gang elders, who know Raptor and have been dealing with its officers for years and want to avoid a big scene and more trouble later.

      They relent and stand down their boys, ordering everyone off the boat, per the instructions.

      But it’s still just the start of their problems.

      Over the next 12 hours the Hells Angels are rounded up around town, pulled over for speeding, or forgetting their P-plates, or refusing to wear a helmet.

      Demerit points get slashed and fines pile up. A few pack up and leave town, fearing they might lose their licences, and by morning even more have followed.

      The gang’s ‘National Run’, the big mandatory event for which both the Hells Angels and Raptor had all come to Mildura in the first place, gets cancelled due to falling numbers.

      “Most of these guys are in gangs but they drive trucks on the side and need their licences,” a Raptor officer involved in the Mildura operation tells me.

      Why all this effort to cancel a bike ride? Because Raptor is all about crushing the bikies’ spirit, their reason for being, wherever they get the opportunity.

      Not just for the fun of it, but because the showmanship is a powerful and insidious recruiting tool that can lead to allegations ranging from murder or attempted murder, to drug supply, drive-by shootings, kidnappings, standover and or home invasions.

      Obviously not all bikies are involved in this level of criminality. For those who are - and but there have been a lot - Raptor’s arrest figures tell the story.

      Whatever glamour the bikies used to have, it’s fading, and Raptor is taking it.

      Today, being an outlaw is no longer romantic. It’s just tedious.
      Here’s what the bikies are up against. Years ago a police officer was raiding a house in Bexley and happened upon 12 railway detonators, the kind that explode on impact to signal oncoming trains in thick fog.

      The homeowner was arrested and taken to the station for processing. The only problem was the officer, still a bit new, hadn’t seen a railway detonator before and didn’t know which law had been broken.

      Did they count as explosives? It was 3am and he wasn’t sure. No one at the station knew the answer.

      Suddenly his computer screen locked and the document was taken over remotely. When the screen unfroze a minute later there were characters on the page that weren’t there before.

      The blank spaces were full, all typed out by his commander, David Adney, awake and somehow solving the problem from home in the middle of the night.

      This is standard for Adney. He once turned up unannounced at Windsor Police Station at 2am to pass around caffeinated energy drinks to his team—they’d just made big arrests in a multi-tentacled drug investigation and had a long night of paperwork ahead.

      Then there was the time in Bankstown where an undercover cop was trying to buy $50 worth of cannabis, but the dealer turned up with 50 ecstasy pills by mistake, worth about $2000, which the officer couldn’t afford.

      Hearing this back at the office, Adney raced to an ATM, pulled out some cash, then raced back to the office, marked down each bill, then rushed out to Bankstown to deliver the money.

      The resulting buy helped seal the syndicate’s fate—instead of small-time pot dealing, the dealer and his bosses went down for commercial ecstasy supply, an offence worth seven years in prison.

      Detective Chief Inspector David Adney (centre, wearing a tie) is the commander of Strike Force Raptor and has been since its inception in 2009. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
      Detective Chief Inspector David Adney (centre, wearing a tie) is the commander of Strike Force Raptor and has been since its inception in 2009. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
      A workaholic, Detective Chief Inspector David Adney has for eight years been the commander of Strike Force Raptor, its architect and fine-tuner of tactics.

      This is a man with absolute convictions about community safety; a man who believes women should feel safe walking home at night; a man who doesn’t accept gangs should exist.

      And so it seems only reasonable that he’s a nemesis to his targets, gang leader’s like Mark Buddle, the former boss of the Comanchero, or Shane ‘Kiwi’ Martin, the former southern region president of the Rebels.

      Loathing of his unit runs high. The words “Fuck Raptor” are often found spray painted on clubhouses once they’ve been raided.

      A Rebels Sergeant-at-Arms even got an elaborate tattoo of a Raptor cop on his knees, styled as a pig, with a gun jammed in his mouth.

      Adney’s not fussed by this acrimony. You’ll never hear him ridicule or disrespect a bikie, but he takes a dim view of their ethos – the outlaw lifestyle, the “one percenters” as they call themselves; the self-aggrandising notion that society’s basic laws don’t apply to them.

      His solution has been to throw every piece of legislation he can at the bikies, literally any law available, even the Fisheries Act if he has to — whatever it takes to correct their behaviour.

      And if this sounds like punishment or payback, it’s not. It’s more like helicopter parenting.

      Small examples: if a bikie owns a restaurant with extra tables on the footpath, Raptor will organise hefty fines to clean up their act; if they’re not paying tax, Raptor will turn up with a garnishee notice; and if their clubhouse is missing a fire extinguisher, or the stairways are blocked, or the building isn’t up to code in some way, it’ll be shut down using the black-letter laws of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

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      Just more control, most Australia's don't realise that they have no "rights". Everything is a "privilege" and can be taken away at any time. This is why Australia has no Bill of Rights, and every time a group tries to get one through Parliament it gets shot down. The main excuse is that there is "no need". The Government does not want peoples rights formalised,as this would lead to challenges every time they increase their control of the population.

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      Quote Originally Posted by BlueBiker View Post
      Just more control, most Australia's don't realise that they have no "rights". Everything is a "privilege" and can be taken away at any time. This is why Australia has no Bill of Rights, and every time a group tries to get one through Parliament it gets shot down. The main excuse is that there is "no need". The Government does not want peoples rights formalised,as this would lead to challenges every time they increase their control of the population.
      well said
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