Investigation summaries

Operation Wingan

Operation Wingan was an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into the conduct of Victoria Police officers during the apprehension of a person (Person A) at Epping, Victoria on 13 September 2020.

IBAC may investigate police personnel conduct in response to a complaint or a notification from Victoria Police, or on its 'own motion'. IBAC decided to investigate the conduct after receiving a complaint from a member of the public about the way police treated Person A.

Operation Wingan investigated whether there was any police misconduct arising from actions of the police officers on 13 September 2020. The investigation considered:

  • the facts and circumstances leading up to Person A's apprehension
  • Victoria Police's apprehension of Person A including the force used and whether criminal charges should be laid in relation to the force that was used
  • the actions of Victoria Police officers following the apprehension of Person A including the provision of aftercare to them after they had been sprayed with oleoresin capsicum (capsicum) spray.