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Title: Senior police officer stood down amid probe into ‘inappropriate workplace behavi
Post by: Prickle on January 24, 2018, 03:23:42 PM
Senior police officer stood down amid probe into ‘inappropriate workplace behaviour’

A SENIOR police officer is at the centre of a probe into inappropriate sexual behaviour.

The male Inspector has been stood down amid an investigation by Taskforce Salus, a team dedicated to stamping out sexual predatory behaviour and serious sexual harassment within Victoria Police.

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“A male inspector has been suspended following a Taskforce Salus investigation into inappropriate workplace behaviour,” Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said.

“As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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Taskforce Salus was established to identify and investigate sexual harassment and discrimination allegations made against current or former Police, Protective Services Officers and Victorian Public Service staff.

It followed the 2015 release of a report by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission which conducted an independent review to examine sex discrimination and sexual harassment including predatory behaviour within the force.

Figures provided to the Herald Sun last September revealed at least eight Victoria Police employees had been accused of rape since the phase one report and 12 female force members have laid sexual assault complaints against co-workers.

Taskforce Salus was also investigating nine commissioned officers of the rank of Inspector or above for matters including sexual harassment and inappropriate relationships with others in the force.

The taskforce had investigated more than 100 cases and was still probing a further 80.

Apologising at the time to women who experience harassment at work, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton promised perpetrators would be identified and held to account.

“I want everyone to know that these behaviours will not be tolerated,” Mr Ashton said.

“We know that there is still harm occurring and I again apologise on behalf of our organisation to all of those who have experienced it.”

Three of the Victoria Police employees Mr Ashton is appalled by were sacked and a further 23 had resigned from the force while being investigated over sex allegations made against them.

More to come.

andrea.hamblin@news.com.au

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/senior-police-officer-stood-down-over-inappropriate-workplace-behaviour/news-story/0d3c90999c9bcc9f68e4ef8553e18eda