Upholding the Profession

Given the powers conferred to police, it is fitting that appropriate checks and balances are in place to ensure that such powers are used responsibly and not abused.

These checks and balances are essential in order for the community to have full confidence in their police. Having the capability to properly investigate police actions is an important factor in engendering public confidence.

Oversight of police integrity is not something that should be outsourced away from police to other agencies, as this has the potential to diminish the police profession's ownership of its own high professional standards.

The current level of oversight and investigation of serious alleged police corruption provided by the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) is appropriate as it has proven effective.

Recommendation:

  • Future commitments by governments to strengthen policing integrity should be focused on retaining the current investigative capacity of Victoria Police with oversight from IBAC. There should also be a continued focus and commitment to building corruption resistance through education and performance management.