26 September 2023

Crime Commission reports PS misconduct

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The Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has published a breakdown of the allegations it has received about serious misconduct in the State’s public sector.

In the CCC’s report Overview of Serious Misconduct it reveals that in the third quarter of 2019-20 it received a total of 1,336 allegations.

Of these, it says 729 were made against WA Police, 122 against various Local Governments, 93 against the Department of Justice, 86 against WA Health, 26 against the Department of Education and 226 against other Agencies and Authorities.

The Commission said it had also received 54 complaints against Agencies which were outside its jurisdiction.

Of the allegations over which it did have control, 621 were reported by the various Agencies themselves; 681 came from the public; 30 from the Public Sector Commission and four from the CCC’s own proposition.

It broke down the nature of the complaints, showing that against the police the most common complaint was for breach of conduct/policy etc., followed by neglect of duty, unprofessional conduct and physical/excessive use of force.

For WA Health and the Department of Justice, the most common concerns related to using positions for benefit or detriment,

While there were fewer complaints overall against the Department of Education, seven out of 20 also involved using a position for benefit or detriment.

This was also the case in the Local Government category where using a position for benefit or detriment involved 28 out of a total of 62 allegations.

The Commission’s 4-page Overview of Serious Misconduct can be accessed at this PS News link.

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