It took 4 years but finally in 2019 The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) ruled Christopher Sheehy, Steven Rapisarda, Shane Housego and Christian McDonald were “presumed to be engaged in drug use by reason of their homosexuality”.
The men claim the 2015 investigation stemmed from a “homophobic culture” fostered by senior management, including Commander Simon Hardman, at Newtown Police Station in Sydney’s inner-west.
The tribunal found there was “no culture of bullying” and “harassment” in the workplace, but former Superintendent Hardman was “homophobic” when he referred the men to undergo six months of drug testing.
Mr Hardman, who is now head of security at the University of Sydney, first became suspicious of the four officers after a fifth officer returned a positive result for ecstasy and speed from a hair sample in 2015.
This is a very sad story since Newtown Police Area covers an area where a large number of LGBTI people live.