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Annual Report 2017-2018 OmbudsmanNT



Annual Report 2017-2018 OmbudsmanNT

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82 1. Scope of Terms Commander, PSC: PSC Commander or their delegate. Commissioner: Commissioner of Police (NT) or their delegate. The Commissioner is charged with the general control and management of the Police Force. As such, the Commissioner is responsible for the taking of appropriate action on complaints including the institution of both formal and informal disciplinary and criminal actions against police members where appropriate. The Commissioner has issued a General Order to members clarifying their obligations in this regard. General Order: Complaints Against Police. Ombudsman: Ombudsman or their delegate. The Ombudsman is charged with investigating, overseeing and reporting on complaints against Police and may make recommendations to the Commissioner concerning how a complaint may be resolved. PSC: Professional Standards Command of the NT Police Force is tasked with the internal administration, coordination and investigation of all reported complaints against Police. Functions include ensuring the obligations of the Commissioner of Police under the Act are observed and liaising with the staff of the Ombudsman on all complaints and investigations. The term Professional Standards Command is to be read as meaning the Police Standards Command as referred to in the Ombudsman Act. The Act: Ombudsman Act. The Parties: The Ombudsman and the Commissioner. 2. Introduction This Agreement for dealing with police complaints has been made between the Commissioner of Police (NT) and the Ombudsman for the NT pursuant to section 150 of the Act. Specifically, the Agreement provides for the following matters: (a) the kinds of complaints for which the police Complaints Resolution Process (CRP) may be conducted; (b) the conduct of the CRP process; (c) report of the result of the CRP process; (d) the kinds of complaints for which PSC report under Part 7, Division 6, Subdivision 1 or Subdivision 2 is required; and (e) other matters the Ombudsman and Commissioner consider appropriate for dealing with the complaints mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (d). The Parties agree that the CRP procedures will be specified in the General Order: Complaints Against Police (the General Order) for the benefit of those members who are conducting an investigation into a Complaint Against Police (CAP). The Commissioner agrees to consult with the Ombudsman prior to promulgating the General Order and before making any amendments to the General Order. 3. Purpose and Intent of the Agreement The purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate the sound investigation and appropriate determination of CAPs whether made to the Commissioner or the Ombudsman. The Agreement gives effect to the obligations placed on both the Ombudsman and Commissioner by virtue of the Act and the Police Administration Act.