Wednesday, 3 September 2008

One OPI officer sacked, another suspended

Andrew McIntosh...It appears that it is unable to properly investigate its own.

The Victorian Office of Police Integrity (OPI) is under fire after one of its officers was sacked and another was suspended because of alleged misconduct.

The misconduct relates to a misuse of expense claims.

The OPI says the matter was detected internally and an independent company is conducting an investigation.

The Opposition police spokesman, Andrew McIntosh, says the matter raises concerns over who is overseeing the police corruption watchdog.

"Who's guarding the guard while the guard's guarding us?".

"It appears that it is unable to properly investigate its own, when it's involving an outside agency to investigate its internal operatives," he said.

Quote: Some people may form the view that it is tit for tat between the OPI and some opposition (political or other like Police Association or affiliates?) down in Victoria (See Links). Perhaps the expense claims are a way to weaken previous statements made by the OPI in relation to allegation against police?


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