Thursday, 12 June 2008

Police criticised as OPI hearing wraps up

The head of an Office of Police Integrity (OPI) inquiry is expected to call for stronger ethical guidelines within Victoria Police when he tables his report in Parliament.

This week's hearing into police corruption has ended, with convenor, Murray Wilcox QC, highly critical of the amount of gossip among officers.

Several detectives gave evidence about whether they interfered with an investigation into the murders of police informer, Terrence Hodson, and his wife Christine in 2004.

The hearing was played secretly recorded phone conversations, where the detectives discuss confidential details related to OPI hearings.

Mr Wilcox also questioned a detective, who cannot be named, about his relationship with former Detective Sergeant, Paul Dale, who is suspected of involvement in the Hodson murders.

Mr Wilcox will prepare a report for Parliament and has indicated he will call for more guidelines on conduct and ethics within Victoria Police.

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