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NEWS > 13 March 2008

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A government probe into the beating up of young couples in a public park in Meerut on Thursday held three police officials, including a woman inspector, guilty of using 'excessive force unwarrantedly'.

The probe conducted by DIG police of Meerut, Shri Raj Kumar Vishwakarma found woman Inspector Madhu Malti, Sub-Inspector Mamta Gautum and Railway Road Police Station Inspector Vishnu Chandra Gautum guilty of using excessive force against the victims during 'Operation Majnu' on December 19, 2005, Senior Superintendent of Police Rajiv Ranjan said.

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13 March 2008
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VICTORIAN police officers will be forced to declare any social contact with criminals under a directive the police union says it may challenge in court.

A register of "inappropriate associations" will be introduced at the end of this month in response to evidence that police and civilians who work for the force are being drawn into corrupt behaviour after social encounters with criminals.

Assistant Commissioner for ethical standards Luke Cornelius said the policy was about relationships that occurred outside officers' normal work duties not criminal informants or other contacts that arise in the course of doing their jobs.

"It might be that they find themselves as a member of a football club or on a local cricket team's board, and they find that they're regularly having to interact with someone they believe might be involved in criminal activity," Mr Cornelius said.

The policy, he said, would help the officers manage the risks of such situations.

But the Police Association says it fears the register will be an intelligence-gathering tool for the Ethical Standards Department. The union has written to Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe to protest, saying that the move would probably be shunned by police.

"Among the concerns was the probable lack of member acceptance on what will be a major intrusion," the letter said.

It hinted at possible legal action, saying the association believed the policy violated Victoria's human rights laws.

Under the policy, all 14,000 employees of the Victoria Police will be required to report any relationship they have with someone they know is involved in unlawful activity. If they fail to declare an improper association, they will be in breach of the police disciplinary code.

After each declaration, a program will be put in place to help them manage the relationship.

Mr Cornelius said police intelligence had shown that organised crime groups actively sought out police in a social context to help their cause. "It's a key vulnerability for us," he said.

The register would also ensure officers declared relationships with police dismissed from the force.

In the Office of Police Integrity's annual report last year, police who resigned from the force while being investigated for corruption were identified as being major influences of corrupt serving officers.

"The policy allows us to be alerted to and direct members in the management of contact they may have with disgraced former members," Mr Cornelius said.

He said that several serving police had associations with outlaw motorcycle gangs, which were believed to have been among the most active organised crime groups attempting to befriend police and public servants with access to confidential information.

Mr Cornelius said there would be guidelines for "unavoidable" relationships, such as police who have family members in trouble with the law.

The policy will bring Victoria in line with other jurisdictions, including NSW, Queensland and South Australia.

 

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