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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7 35. In order to ensure that adequate steps are taken to implement recommendations concerning NT Police made in this report, I seek from the Commissioner of Police: a. within one month of the date of this report, a response that outlines the further steps NT Police has taken or proposes to take to give effect to each recommendation and any reasons for not taking all steps necessary to give effect to a recommendation; and b. every three months thereafter until full implementation, a summary of steps taken in progress towards implementation. 36. As noted elsewhere in this report, my Office and OCPID are happy to assist NT Police in any way they can in the implementation of the recommendations. 37. I provided a draft report to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kershaw, for comment. The relevant parts of his response are set out below: The Northern Territory Police Force is committed is to continuously improving the manner in which it provides services to the Northern Territory community and therefore welcomes the report. Northern Territory Police supports each of the recommendations and notes that many aspects of the recommendations are in the process of being implemented. I am confident that in the very near future, Northern Territory Police will be a better trained, highly capable and adaptable workforce that is better equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. My priority will be to reform and redefine the police forces core values and vision and transform the force into a truly values-led organisation. Over the past few weeks I undertook to develop and implement a number of new initiatives that will assist in meeting the challenges of reforming core values of the organisation including the establishment of the Special References Unit. This unit forms part of the Professional Standards Command and is a specialised investigational area that will undertake investigations into corruption allegations, matters that are politically sensitive, serious conflicts of interest and other complex internal matters. To ensure the integrity of all investigations is maintained, the Professional Standards Command including the Special References Unit will soon be relocated to separate office accommodation in the Darwin Central Business District. As stated, reforming the police fores core values with an emphasis on integrity is my priority and I have instructed the Professional Standards Command to review the now dated Code of Conduct and Ethics General Order with consideration to be given to the development of a new and discrete Integrity Framework that will encompass the conflict of interest, associations, gifts and benefits environment in a comprehensive and effective manner. You will agree that it is vitally important that a new direction in terms of a framework dealing with integrity and values, needs to be supported by a robust education and training framework. This will ensure all officers can develop and maintain a higher order understanding of these critical concepts. To this end, I have appointed [a] new Director of the Police, Fire and Emergency Services College. [The new Director] has a solid background in adult education and will ensure that the new Integrity Framework will resonate with police officers and will be implemented to best effect across the organisation. ----------------------------------------------------------------
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