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Victoria Police handling of complaints made by Aboriginal people
Police misconduct and the investigation of complaints against police are issues that concern all Victorians. However, they have particular significance for Aboriginal people, who come into contact with police at a much higher rate than non-Aboriginal people.
Audit of complaints investigated by Professional Standards Command, Victoria Police
As part of our work to determine how effectively Victoria Police handles complaints against police officers, IBAC audited a sample of investigations conducted by Professional Standards Command (PSC) during the 2015/16 financial year. This audit assessed whether PSC's complaint investigations were thorough and impartial and met the standards required for the handling of such serious allegations. IBAC identified that there are aspects of PSC's complaint handling processes that are concerning and require improvement.
Audit of Victoria Police's oversight of serious incidents
To determine how effectively Victoria Police oversights serious incidents involving its officers, IBAC audited more than 140 oversight files closed by Victoria Police during the 2015/16 financial year. The audit examined Victoria Police’s oversight of serious incidents resulting in death and serious injury following police contact. The audit identified that there are aspects of Victoria Police’s oversight process that are concerning and which could be improved.
Transit Protective Services Officers - An exploration of corruption and misconduct risks
Since 2011, transit Protective Services Officers (PSOs) have been employed by Victoria Police to patrol metropolitan and major regional railway stations. Their functions include maintaining a visible presence on train stations and surrounding areas, engaging with the community and fostering a sense of safety. They exercise a range of powers including the power to arrest and detain people, to request personal information, and to search people and property.
Allegations of excessive use of force by police
This summary highlights IBAC’s review of two Victoria Police investigations into allegations of assault or excessive use of force by police officers against members of the public.
In March 2015 the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) received closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from Victoria Police showing the alleged mistreatment of a woman in custody in the cells of the Ballarat Police Station. IBAC subsequently commenced an own motion investigation named Operation Ross.