Date of Entry: 28/10/2019
Surname: Hooper
Christian Names: Darrin
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Recruit
Branch: Recruit Traning
Case Notes:



On 8 October 2019, Senior Constable Hooper was convicted at the Downing Centre Local Court, and fined $1000.00 for wearing fake Military awards on his uniform.

Whilst an active NSW Police Officer, Darrin Hooper wore Defence medals that he did not earn. He wore them whilst involved in a Police reality TV Show.

The Timor medals and Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) made no sense to medals protocol, and that was quickly noticed by Defence veterans who advised ANZMI.

Investigation confirmed that HOOPER is a medals cheat and he was listed on ANZMI earlier this year.

Because his actions were an offence against the Defence Act 1903, he was subsequently charged by NSW Police. After due process on the 1 Oct 2019 he pleaded guilty to the court and was subsequently fined $1,000.

Australian and New Zealand veterans will not tolerate those who falsely claim to have been involved on very dangerous deployments by wearing false medals. There are thousands of veterans and civilians aware of the work we do, and the chances of an offender not being noticed are very slim.


New South Wales (NSW) Police Acting Sergeant Darrin Hooper has found fame and infamy on an official Police reality show where the great work of Highway Patrol Police was demonstrated.

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Hooper wears Defence Force awards on his Police uniform. They are:

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) - Not entitled
Australian Service Medal (ASM) - Not entitled
Timor Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM) - Not entitled

The awards are incongruous, as it is not possible to receive an ICB unless you have been awarded an Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) for active service in war zones.

The two medals and the ICB Hooper wears, infer service in East Timor as part of an Infantry unit in an operational area.

Here is the ICB and its criterion

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We are reliably advised that before Hooper became a NSW Police Officer he did serve in the Australian Army for a few weeks, but was discharged before he had completed basic training. He has never been deployed overseas with the Australian Defence Force.

The most potent medals cheat detector, is the combination of the media, and the veteran community. Medals cheats relish publicity and the veteran community can easily identify cheats like Hooper when they wear the wrong combination of medals.

Hooper has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903 Part VII, Sections .

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier.
80B. Improper use of service decorations.

Both these offences have a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine or six months imprisonment or both.

There are no grey areas in medals protocol. All is defined in official publications emanating from the Office of the Governor General of Australia.
Being awarded the ICB is a prestigious and hard earned distinction for a Serviceman. Hooper has falsely worn the ICB and two false medals indicating active service.

For his lapse of judgement he has been awarded a place on this website as a cheat.

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