Media Release - Review of the Effectiveness of NSW Police Force Conduct Management Plans
Conduct Management Plans are a framework designed to support the implementation of management action in the workplace.
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission furnished its report entitled Review of the effectiveness of NSW Police Force Conduct Management Plans to Parliament today. The NSW Police Force uses a wide range of managerial responses to address police officers misconduct in the workplace. Conduct Management Plans are a framework designed to support the implementation of management action in the workplace. Their primary aim is to modify an officer’s conduct to ensure it meets the requirements of the NSW Police Force and to reduce the likelihood of officers engaging in future misconduct.
The Commission reviewed all officers who had been placed on a Conduct Management Plan between January 2017 and January 2018, tracking any previous or subsequent misconduct by those officers. Some important issues identified in the review include:
- over 40 per cent of officers received further sustained findings from complaints after having been placed on a Conduct Management Plan; 13 per cent of them for similar misconduct;
- a number of officers continued to engage in misconduct while they were still on a Conduct Management Plan;
- the implementation and finalisation of a Conduct Management Plan can take many months, or even years.
In particular, the Commission emphasised that improving the timely implementation of Conduct Management Plans and more transparent record keeping practices are key to improving the effectiveness of Conduct Management Plans. The Commission’s report makes ten recommendations to the NSW Police Force. The report was provided to both the NSW Police Force and the Police Association of NSW for comment.
The Commission’s Review of the effectiveness of NSW Police Force Conduct Management Plans report can be found on the Commission’s website HERE.
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