OmbudsmanNT Investigation Report Matters arising from allegations of inappropriate conduct by a former Commissioner of Police and another police officer May 2015
Tabled paper 1378
Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Adam Giles
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10 35. Members shall take reasonable steps to prevent any conflict of interest from arising. Where they have any doubt, members shall discuss with their supervisor. 36. Members are to disclose any conflicts of interest to their supervisor. 37. Members who believe that another member has been placed, or is in, a situation of conflict of interest shall report the matter to a supervisor. 43. Members should, whenever practicable, avoid becoming involved in police matters involving themselves, their friends, their relatives or in which they have a direct personal interest. Unless immediate action is required and the member concerned is on duty, such cases should be referred to other members for appropriate action. 45. Examples of conflicts of interest are: 45.1 any financial or other interests that could compromise the impartial performance of a members duties; 45.2 any personal beliefs or attitudes a member holds that may influence the impartial performance of their duties; 45.3 outside activities including studies and volunteer work which adversely affect a members ability to perform their duties; and/or 45.4 improper associations or relationships with people with whom a Police Force or Law Enforcement Agency has had or is having adverse dealings. This is not to be limited to mean only persons convicted of an offence and may include persons charged with offences or persons subject to adverse intelligence holdings. Acceptance of Gifts or Benefits 58. Members must not solicit for or improperly obtain any gift, benefit or advantage for themselves, the police force or any other person. 59. Members must not use their powers or office for personal gain. 60. A member must not accept a gift or benefit for themself or anyone else in circumstances where the gift or benefit is, or may be perceived to be, a payment for an act or omission which if done or not done would compromise, or may be perceived as compromising, their duty as a member of the Police Force. 61. What is important is how the public perceives Police behaviour and the reason why a gift or benefit might be offered. However innocent the acceptance of a gift or benefit might be, if the public or a member could perceive such acceptance as compromising a members duty, the gift or benefit must not be accepted. A member should politely decline by explaining Police policy. This does not mean you cannot participate in normal social events that involve shared meals and the like. 62. A gift or benefit that is received by a member that could breach this General Order must be declared to the members Divisional Officer. 63. A member that is offered a gift or benefit from a person or business that has tendered or supplies goods and services to the NT Police will not under any circumstances accept such gift or benefit. 44. There is also other supporting NT Police documentation that promotes ethical conduct, for example, the Leadership Charter and the Statement of Ethics.
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