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Annual Report 2004-2005 Ombudsman 27th Report



Annual Report 2004-2005 Ombudsman 27th Report

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___________________________________________________________ Ombudsmans Annual Report 2004/05 65 3. Better Off Not Knowing The complainants father contacted police and advised that he was unhappy with the action taken by police in respect of the complainants domestic violence allegations against her husband. He also advised that he was concerned that the complainants husband had been receiving information about the complaints from a particular police officer. A short time later, the complainant contacted the Domestic Violence Unit and requested that the matter be referred to the Professional Responsibility Command for investigation. It was the complainants belief that a police officer was providing her husband with information about her complaints. The complainant advised that the police officer lived next door to the complainant s husband and they were good friends. The complainant further complained that she was unhappy with some aspects relating to the investigation of her domestic violence complaints. The matter was investigated on behalf of the Joint Review Committee by the Professional Responsibility Command. In interview, the complainant also alleged that the officer gave information to her husband about the police investigation into her complaints of domestic violence and other matters. She also alleged that the officer intimidated her and failed to provide her with assistance after she had been subjected to domestic violence. She further alleged that her husband forced her to sign a cash business cheque for $3000 which he gave to the police officer. When she asked why this was occurring, her husband told her that she was better off not knowing. Further, she complained that there are a number of details in a statement she provided to police about a domestic violence incident which she believed did not reflect the facts. None of these complaints were found to be substantiated. While being interviewed, the police officer stated that he believed that another officer had allowed the complainant access to police records and resources to type up statements for Family Court proceedings. Whilst this was likewise not found to be substantiated, the investigator did establish that another police officer had accessed police computer records regarding the complainants domestic violence matters inappropriately. That officer was counselled in relation to his duties and obligations under the NT Police Code of Conduct. 4. Street Struggle The complainant in this matter alleged he observed two cars parked near a fast food outlet in Darwin. It appeared to the complainant that the occupants of one of the two vehicles, two middle aged men, were harassing four youths in the other vehicle. The complainant stated that as he approached one of the middle aged men (whom the complainant since discovered was a police officer) the man ran at him and pushed him. The complainant said to him dont push me. The man responded by saying I can do whatever I like Im the police. The complainant asked him to show some identification. The police officer did not show the complainant any identification and pushed him four more times.

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