Operation Herbert was an investigation into allegations of inappropriate disclosure of information regarding a person who had been in the Victoria Police witness protection program.
In July 2013, Victoria Police notified us of a complaint that a member of its Witness Protection Unit had disclosed information about a person who had been in the Victoria Police witness protection program.
Our investigation found the member had released information as part of an application to the Supreme Court of Victoria. As a result we found the allegation against the police member to be unsubstantiated. The conduct was part of a lawful process which required the Court to consider certain documents relating to the witness, in the public interest. We informed all interested parties of this outcome, including the Chief Commissioner of Police.