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As Victoria's anti-corruption agency IBAC's responsibilities include preventing

and exposing police misconduct and corruption. How do we do this? Our police

oversight role includes complaint management and investigations, as well as

research and strategic projects. In the 2014-15 year, two-thirds of the

allegations we assessed we're about suspected corrupt conduct or misconduct

by Victoria police personnel. This is due in part to mandatory reporting. The chief

commissioner of Victoria Police must notify IBAC of all complaints about

police misconduct. We assess these complaints and notifications to

determine which will be referred to Victoria Police for action, which will be

dismissed and which we will investigate. For matters referred to Victoria Police

we may review their internal investigations to ensure they were

handled appropriately and fairly. In 2014- 15, 36 percent of our investigations

related to Victoria Police. Some of these were own motion investigations into

matters we determined to be particularly serious or systemic in nature, or in the

public interest. To help prevent misconduct and corruption we make

recommendations for improvement out of our investigations and reviews. So, why do

we need independent oversight of police? Police officers hold significant powers

that can be exercised over their fellow citizens. The exercise of these and other

powers can be vulnerable to misuse, adversely impacting on both individuals

and the broader community. By providing independent external oversight of

Victoria Police, IBAC helps ensure police officers act fairly, impartially

and in accordance with the law. Our actions also give assurance to the

community, helping improve confidence in police integrity and accountability.

In early 2015 we asked Victorians how police corruption impacts them

individually and Victoria in general. 85 percent of respondents feel it had some

impact, but only 19 percent felt this was substantial. People felt similarly when

thinking about Victoria as a whole. The largest proportion of respondents, 43

percent, felt that police corruption only impacted Victoria slightly. When asked

what types of behaviors and actions they thought of when they heard the term

police corruption and police misconduct, the most popular response was, accepting

or offering bribes, followed by excessive use of force, turning a blind eye and

involvement in drug-related crimes, behaving inappropriately on the job,

abuse of power or position. When we talk about police misconduct it's important

to know what falls into IBAC's jurisdiction. Police misconduct covers

offences punishable by imprisonment, disgraceful or improper conduct whether

on or off duty, conduct that is likely to bring Victoria police into disrepute or

diminish public confidence in it. The examples provided here cover a range of

behaviors that could be police misconduct. IBAC

only investigates the most serious matters relating to police personnel

conduct or corrupt conduct. The majority of police complaints are

referred to Victoria police for action. This is because many complaints we

receive about police relate to lower-level misconduct or behavior

related issues, such as rudeness or poor communication best addressed by police

managers. As part of our prevention efforts IBAC analysed six months of

allegations involving police. More than half or 55% related to duty failure and

inappropriate behavior. So how do we ensure these complaints are handled

appropriately by Victoria police? IBAC often reviews misconduct investigations

carried out by Victoria police to ensure matters have been thoroughly

investigated and appropriately dealt with. In the 2014-15 financial year we

increased the number of reviews we conducted by 44%. In reviewing 114

matters we were satisfied with the way the Victoria police dealt with 95 cases

identifying deficiencies in the remaining 19. We provided feedback on a

further 44 cases. This is consistent with outcomes in other Australian

jurisdictions. Evidence shows that internal police investigations can and

do result in effective outcomes, including dismissals. In 2014-15, 20

Victoria Police officers were dismissed following internal investigations. if

your complaint relates to police personnel conduct or misconduct of a

police officer or protective services officer you can contact Victoria

Police's Professional Standards Command. For more information visit the Victoria

Police website or phone 1300 363 101, or you can make a

complaint directly to IBAC. The complaint must be made in writing and

can be made online at If you need help to make a

complaint, have difficulty accessing the form, or need the services of an

interpreter, please call us on 1300 735 135

Want to know more about what we've been doing in our police jurisdiction? Our

special report concerning police oversight provides a detailed account of

our work in oversighting Victoria Police, including case studies of

IBAC investigations and reviews, and research into key trends and issues in

the police sector. You can download this report at

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