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Friday, 3 February 2012

New Police Integrity Commissioner fails his first test

Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 09:12:27 +1100

The Police Integrity Commission (PIC) and its new Commissioner have refused
to investigate a serious allegation of police assault at the SCG, and the
extraordinary events which followed. The police failings included the
police media unit sending Assistant Commissioner Murdoch to publicly defend
police actions without even informing him that the officer in question was
his son.

See SMH:

Greens NSW MP and Police spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

"A NSW police officer is seen repeatedly punching a spectator at a cricket
game who is being held down by a phalanx of security guards, and yet the
Police Integrity Commission has taken a cursory twenty-four hours to review
and dismiss the request for an investigation.

"The initial police investigation resulted in an Assistant Commissioner
publicly defending the police involved in the incident when the police
hadn't even identified the officer in question as his son. Yet even this
failure hasn't prompted PIC to investigate.

"Instead of a substantial and thorough investigation into fundamental
police failings, the new head of the Police Integrity Commission has stated
that he is satisfied with two internal police investigations into the

"This kind of 'hands off' approach to inadequate internal police
investigations has long characterised the PIC, and it looks like the new
Commissioner will be adopting the same attitude to police misconduct

"It is inconceivable, given the seriousness of the matter, and the bungling
by the Police Media Unit, that a twenty-four hour review by PIC could have
seriously grappled with the issues at stake.

"This matter deserved more than a couple of phone calls and a standard
letter from the PIC.  The PIC's response shakes the public's confidence in
the State's most important police oversight body.

"The very substantial public interest in reviewing the conduct, and media
response, of the NSW Police in this case cannot be satisfied by internal
police investigations," Mr Shoebridge said.

Media Comment: 0408 113 952

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