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QUEENSLAND police officers are mourning the death of former Detective Senior-Sergeant Ian Tuffield whose body was discovered by an ex-colleague yesterday afternoon.
It's understood "Tuffy", who was popular and respected among those still working in Queensland Police Service, suffered a breakdown following Operation Capri - an investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission into shady undercover operations with police informants and prisoners.
He was medically retired from the Queensland Police Service but friends say he was "lost" after leaving.
"It's sad - a 51 year-old man, extremely fit, (but) he was doing it tough," said one close friend.
Mr Tuffield was renowned for huge success in the Gold Coast armed hold-up unit.
"He was extremely, extremely good," a former colleague said.
"Tuffy was always one of those 'go to' blokes.
"He got a thorough bagging out of Capri which he probably didn't deserve."
The Courier-Mail understands Mr Tuffield had a building handyman business after leaving the QPS several years ago.
Mr Tuffield's body was discovered at his home in Brisbane on Tuesday by one of his best mates - another former police officer - after he'd been uncontactable for several days.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers, who was a friend of Mr Tuffield, was stunned by the news.
"He was a personal friend of mine, after having worked with him when I first joined the force in the late eighties. I last saw him only eight weeks ago," he said.
"He was a fine police officer, a good friend and a top bloke. He had several setbacks in recent times with his health and personal life and this affected his ability to work and I know that added to the stress in his life. I will truly miss him."
Mr Tuffield was also heavily involved with the Police Rugby sides of the 1990s.
His death was not suspicious.