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The AFP upheld 295 complaints against its staff in the past financial year, 61 of which involved serious misconduct.

In 2006-07, only 92 complaints were established or resulted in action by management.

The AFP declined requests for an interview about the incidents.

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 Article sourced from

Wodonga Border Mail - Albury,
01 February 2006


Policeman scared to note theft

A POLICE sergeant failed to record the confession of an officer who admitted stealing $40,000 in cash from a bogged car because he feared the forces “vicious” disciplinary system, a court hearing has been told.

A police integrity hearing has been told two senior constables took the cash from the car, which was stranded on the Mornington Peninsula, while they were on duty in the early hours of June 14.

One of the officers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was allegedly so paranoid about getting caught that he flushed some of the money down a toilet, threw the coins off the end of a pier and confessed to his superiors just days after the alleged offence.

The officer later implicated his partner, Sen-Constable Christopher Sean Vincent.

Sgt John Aloysius Schroen, who heard the officers alleged confession, said he was shocked by it and feared the consequences.

“I know a little bit about the discipline system. Its pretty vicious,” Sgt Schroen said.

“A lot of these things come back on the lap of the supervisor.”

He also said he feared the officer would “clam up” if he read him his rights.

The Office of Police Integrity hearing is investigating the alleged misconduct and “the apparent failure by experienced people to capture evidence of that misconduct in admissible form”.

It is also examining alleged attempts to compromise an investigation.

In Melbournes County Court yesterday, counsel assisting the hearing, Garry Livermore, said the money belonged to a woman who ran a takeaway shop on the peninsula.

She had returned to her car later in the night with her partner, found the money was missing, and reported the theft later that morning, he said.

Sgt Schroen told the inquiry yesterday that part of reason he was so shocked about the unnamed officers confession was that he thought the womans report was false, believing no one would leave $40,000 in an unattended car.

Sgt Schroen gave evidence that he, the unnamed officer and other police at the station had joked about buying a boat or a new car with the allegedly stolen money
 

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