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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37 227. OCPID advised early in the process that it had secured the services of a very experienced and highly regarded investigator to deal with the disclosures relating to both officers. 228. In light of that fact, I determined to continue to gather information and evidence but not to immediately proceed to full investigation, as that would have duplicated the work of the OCPID investigation. 229. Following completion of the OCPID report, my Office obtained a copy. That report, along with the substantial evidence obtained by my Office was then considered with a view to deciding what further investigations should be undertaken. 230. In broad terms, the materials obtained or created by my Office were: OCPID report dated 26 February 2015 Letter from Mr Taylor dated 13 February 2015 Phone records Email records Diary entries Memoranda, correspondence and reports Records of interview and discussions with various officers. 231. In all, they constituted many thousands of documents and entries. 232. Having reviewed the OCPID report and the evidence independently obtained by my Office, I can see no public benefit in going over the same ground as Mr Taylors investigation in relation to the specific allegations against the two officers. 233. I have therefore decided to decline to deal further with the specific police complaints against the two officers under section 67(2) of the Ombudsman Act. 234. There were however, a number of related administrative issues referred to me by OCPID or identified by my Office. 235. The majority of those issues are addressed in this report. Two issues referred by OCPID that are not dealt with in this report relate to policies on private use of Government equipment and the issue of warrants by Justices of the Peace rather than Magistrates or Judges. For those two issues, I considered it better to deal with the issue separately and referred the matter to the relevant department for consideration and discussion. Consultation 236. Following analysis of the evidence and issues raised, I prepared a draft report. Extracts or copies from the draft report were then provided to OCPID, NT Police, the two officers and the travel agent for comment. 237. Comments were received from OCPID, NT Police and one of the officers. They have been considered in the development of the final report and incorporated where appropriate. ----------------------------------------------------