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OmbudsmanNT Investigation Report Matters arising from allegations of inappropriate conduct by a former Commissioner of Police and another police officer May 2015



OmbudsmanNT Investigation Report Matters arising from allegations of inappropriate conduct by a former Commissioner of Police and another police officer May 2015

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Tabled by Adam Giles


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12 56. Fourthly, procurement of travel management services has in the past in many organisations been subject to less control than other services. The value of individual transactions has been relatively low and there has been considerable flexibility in choice of agent. 57. This is also an area where there is some flexibility in travel arrangements and costing. For example, an agent may be able to secure a discount or an upgrade, giving an advantage to an individual. 58. Where an officer has influence or control over choice of agent, this can give cause for concern whether the advantage is received in an official capacity or in a private capacity. Clearly a discount granted for personal travel could raise concern but equally so may a free upgrade on official travel. Or there may be situations where a discount on official travel means the difference between an officer gaining or being refused approval for work travel for a pet project. 59. Clearly it is in the interests of NT Police that officers travel economically but there must be systems in place to ensure that the benefits flow to NT Police and not merely to select officers who may be able to influence choice of agency. 60. Of course, in addition to strengthening integrity policies, potential concerns can be addressed directly through better controls in relevant operational areas. 61. I note that there is currently a whole of government Travel Management System (TMS) pilot under way in relation to provision of travel management services. I also note that on 22 May 2015, the Chief Executive of the Department of the Chief Minister announced a whole of government review into public sector travel processes and systems. These initiatives are likely to address many issues in relation to choice of agent. However, it is probable that any final system will allow a level of flexibility and choice. 62. Therefore, in addition to dealing with this issue in the context of integrity policies and procedures, I believe it is important that NT Police review its policies and procedures in relation to procurement of travel management services once the TMS pilot and whole of government review have been finalised, in order to ensure that procurement decisions are made in the public interest and not influenced by personal interests. 63. My Office and OCPID would both be willing to assist NT Police in the reviews discussed above. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendation 1 NT Police review its policies and procedures dealing with conflicts of interest, associations and gifts and benefits in consultation with the Office of the Ombudsman and OCPID. Recommendation 2 NT Police review its controls in relation to procurement of travel management services to minimise the potential for personal interests to influence decision-making.

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