Wanted: top hackers as trackers

Friday, 9 May 2003, 8:02 AM EST

Police are offering 20 computer nerds the opportunity to become highly paid spies working for the NSW counter-terrorist unit.

Successful applicants will not have to undergo the rigours of police academy training or uniform duties but will be designated special constables, with wage offers above the $44,000 starting rate for regular police constables.

The computer spies - most likely university computer science graduates or highly skilled IT workers - will be offered wages of between $60,000 and $103,000.

The high wage offer to civilian employees is a first for the police service but seen as necessary by the Commissioner, Ken Moroney, to recruit the best computer specialists from the private sector.

The successful applicants will join a newly created unit within the police Special Service Group that will be called the State Electronic Evidence Branch.

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