Simon Illingworth

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Simon Illingworth
Born (1967-11-10) 10 November 1967 (age 49)
Geelong, Australia
Residence Melbourne
Nationality Australian
Occupation Police Officer, Writer, Business Man, Speaker
Known for Fighting police corruption
Website Ethical Strength

Simon Illingworth (born 10 November 1967) is an Australian former police officer and the councillor for Coastal Ward, Shire of Corangamite. He is now a farmer, business owner and CFA member.


He served in many different roles throughout his time with the Victoria Police, but his most significant contribution was with the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Department (the Victoria Police version of Internal Affairs) where he helped weed out and prosecute corrupt police officers.

After retiring from the force he has written a book about his experiences entitled "Filthy Rat", selling 9,000 copies before being out of print in 2007. He also appeared on "Australian Story" [1] in May 2004 to tell his unique story and offer insight on the Melbourne underworld and police corruption.

Due to the upsurge of interest in the 1995-2004 gangland war in Melbourne sparked by the recent Australian Underbelly TV series, publisher Fontaine Press has re-released "Filthy Rat" in May 2008.

Simon and his family appeared on "Australian Story" on 20 April 2015 alongside the Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle recounting their experiences during the anti-corruption investigations.

Ethical Strength[edit]

Simon currently runs his own company Ethical Strength with the mission to help people faced with moral and ethical dilemmas.

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  1. ^ Australian Story - One Man Standing. Retrieved 19 September 2007.

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