26 September 2023

Police probe findings to be adopted

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The Final Report of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants has uncovered significant historical shortfalls in the criminal justice system.

Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said the State had committed to implementing all 111 recommendations made in the Report.

“The Government will work closely with key Agencies and institutions, including Victoria Police and the courts, to make sure these recommendations are delivered effectively and in a timely manner,” Ms Hennessy said.

“The Commission has recommended that an Implementation Taskforce and Implementation Monitor be appointed to oversee the implementation of all recommendations,” she said.

“Given the importance of this oversight, the Government intends to have this appointment made as soon as possible and will commence recruitment for this position immediately.”

Ms Hennessy said the Royal Commission also recommended a Special Investigator be established.

“Where criminal conduct or police misconduct may have occurred, the Government will ensure it is thoroughly investigated,” the Attorney-General said.

“Legislation establishing the Special Investigator will be introduced as soon as possible, with the expectation that investigations will commence as soon as legislation passes through Parliament and work can commence,” she said.

Ms Hennessy said the State was also considering all options to strengthen the external oversight of police misconduct and would release a detailed response and implementation plan for both the Royal Commission’s recommendations and Independent Broad‑based Anti‑corruption Commission (IBAC) Committee’s 2018 Inquiry into the external oversight of police corruption and misconduct in Victoria in the first quarter of next year.

The Royal Commission’s 170-page Report can be accessed at this PS News link.

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