Peter Fox is a national hero
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox has just joined a very small, specific club; people willing to put their career and reputation on the line in the name of principle, to help others.
Julia Gillard’s announcement last night of a Federal Royal Commission into child sex abuse has been a long time coming. But the pressure became too much for the Prime Minister to resist the moment Peter Fox went public late last week with his demand NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell launch an inquiry into a Church and police cover-up.
His bravery was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back.
As Fox told Lateline last night, a significant proportion of his 35 years working as a police officer has been spent investigating these types of crimes in the Hunter region.
Yet for these “sins”, Fox said he will be forced to leave his job.
“It’s a one-way door and I expected it. I talked it over with my wife and we decided it was the right course of action”
“I’m stronger person than perhaps a lot of others. I am not afraid to say this is what is going on in the police force and this is what happens when you step out of line,” he told Fran Kelly on Radio National’s Breakfast program.
Fox said he has had no support or communication from his superiors, except for one phone call from a fellow officer this week, reminding him it was against police procedure to talk to the media.
But his colleagues have been busy. On a routine visit to his GP yesterday, Fox discovered she had been approached by a senior police officer.
The GP claimed the officer “coerced her” into helping them prevent Fox speaking to the media.
The GP also claimed the senior police officer had asked her to use her professional opinion to indicate that Fox was mentally unstable.
“She was appalled,” Fox said of his GP.
Appalled is right. It is almost impossible to imagine how this is ethical procedure.
We’re told from an early age that the church and the police are pillars of our society; formed of men and women who are supposed to protect us and lead the way through difficult times.
So why have they both turned their back on the one man who is prepared to show true leadership, despite the fact that he has the most to lose?
As Fox himself tweeted this morning:
@Peter_Fox59 I hope after today I can just step back and allow the focus to fall on the many victims & families. Its time their voice was heard.
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