Betrayed by Clive Small and Tom Gilling, is a disturbing book about two undercover police officers, posing as drug dealers, assigned to investigate the drug trade, including the involvement of corrupt police.
Joe and Jessie are left too long in the stressful job, with no emotional support from their employers. Their physical and mental health suffers and their integrity is challenged by those who should have stood by them.
They later find themselves being ordered to invesigate some of NSW Police’s most senior officers, including a deputy commisioner (Clive Small, one of the book’s authors) and the police commisisoner, Peter Ryan, himself. All of that seemingly outside of offical channels for no substantiated reason.
Eventually, facing spurious charges, Joe’s career is brought to an end, unless he can successfully fight the accusations he faces. However, the stressful demands of his many years of undercover service have weakened his resolve.
Betrayed is a very apt title for this book, exposing many types of betrayal associated with the police services of both NSW and Queensland. Betrayal of the citizens the police are supposed to protect, with corrupt officers perverting the law through criminal involvement; and the betrayal of police staff who are denied reasonable resources to do their job.
But most significantly in this story, those betrayed were Joe and Jessie who paid a heavy price for their devotion to their work.