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A police officer with "psychological difficulties" destroyed his career when he stole cash during a drug raid, a court has been told.
Detective Sergeant Shane Allan Stirling was caught on surveillance footage pocketing money during a police raid on a property in Woodridge, south of Brisbane, on June 25 this year.
He pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today to stealing as a servant.
He was sentenced to 200 hours community service, despite the crown asking for jail.
The court heard the crown is alleging he pocketed $1000, while he claims it was only $300.
However, the court heard there would be little difference in penalty between those two amounts.
Stirling's lawyer, Steve Zillman, said his client had enjoyed a "meritorious career" for 20 years, and had been responsible for numerous drug trafficking and murder investigations.
He said Stirling had been diagnosed in 2004 with significant "psychological and psychiatric difficulties" that affected his moods, his behaviour and his attitude to work.
"Because he was not acting rationally, he's not even at this point able to say why it was he took the money," Mr Zillman said.
"It (appears) it was the playing out of a death wish, and it has been achieved, because he has no future with the Queensland Police Service."
Mr Zillman said QPS had instigated disciplinary action seeking the dismissal of Stirling.
Commissioner Ian Stewart said the Queensland Police Service would continue to take a tough stance on officers who broke the law.
Magistrate Ray Rinaudo ordered that no conviction be recorded.