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LIV welcomes report into police accountability and external oversight

LIV welcomes report into police accountability and external oversight

By LIV Media

Human Rights Police 

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The LIV welcomes the final report of the parliamentary inquiry into the external oversight of police corruption and misconduct in Victoria. 

The LIV calls on the state government to announce its support for the final report, which makes 69 recommendations to improve the transparency, impartiality, effectiveness and efficiency of the system for complaints regarding police misconduct.

Under the current system, the majority of complaints are referred from Independent Broad‑based Anti‑corruption Commission Committee (IBAC) back to Victoria Police for investigation. 

In its submission to the inquiry, the LIV called for IBAC to have greater powers and resources to independently investigate complaints of police misconduct in a manner that is efficient, transparent, accountable and victim-centered.

The LIV is pleased that the report has recommended the establishment of a new Police Corruption and Misconduct Division of IBAC, and feels this is an important step towards ensuring Victoria's system for handling police misconduct complaints is independent and effective.

Deputy chair of the LIV Human Rights Committee Merys Williams says “this report recognises and legitimises the voices of complainants and advocates that have been calling for change for the past 40 years. Reform is urgently needed to bring Victoria’s police complaint system in line with international human rights benchmarks.”

The LIV would welcome the opportunity to work with government to implement the recommendations of the report.

 

Merys WIlliams has written previously about the need for independent investigation of police misconduct complaints for the LIJ. Read 'The trouble with IBAC' here.


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