IBAC’s independent oversight of Victoria Police focuses on ensuring police actions are appropriate and lawful. Part of this important role is to review selected internal police investigations, to assess whether they are thorough, impartial and fair, findings are evidence-based, and outcomes are reasonable and in accordance with public expectations. This includes reviewing Victoria Police’s oversight of certain serious incidents.
When IBAC identifies areas of concern indicating possible systemic problems, we conduct a thematic review. This involves an analysis of a series of reviews on a specific theme or topic and usually results in a report identifying systemic and emerging issues for Victoria Police.
Following a thematic review, IBAC works with Victoria Police to drive improvements and provide input into the development of police policies to reduce misconduct, strengthen investigation processes and increase accountability.