QUEENSLAND police have been left red-faced after one of their crack anti-bikie cops quit to work for a law firm that represents the Hells Angels.
Nick Crawford, a former detective sergeant with the elite Hydra taskforce, resigned from the QPS this year to join Brisbane's Rostron Carlyle Solicitors, which acts for the notorious international outlaw motorcycle group.
Sources said Mr Crawford was a lead investigator into bikie activities and was involved in the first application to declare the Gold Coast Finks a criminal organisation.
Senior police fear Mr Crawford will expose to senior Hells Angels the inner workings of Hydra and the methodology it uses to investigate gangs.
Mr Crawford is not the only police officer to shift to the lucrative world of private enterprise, with former cops also advising the Bandidos and Finks, sources said.
The Hydra detective's former workmates have raised concerns his move could be a conflict of interest.
Neither Mr Crawford nor Rostron Carlyle would comment yesterday.
The Queensland Criminal Organisation Act prohibits former police from acting for a group they know, or ought to know, is a criminal organisation.
Under that section, it would be illegal for Mr Crawford to act directly for the Hells Angels.
Police sources yesterday were critical of the move.