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Release of report on LECC Operation Ramberg

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission has found that a NSW Police Force (NSWPF) officer in regional NSW engaged in serious police misconduct in relation to a range of incidents and should be considered for managerial action and prosecution.

Media Statement

16.01.2019

PRESENTATION OF PUBLIC REPORT IN OPERATION RAMBERG

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission has found that a NSW Police Force (NSWPF) officer in regional NSW engaged in serious police misconduct in relation to a range of incidents and should be considered for managerial action and prosecution.

The Commission held private hearings on 3 July 2018 in relation to the subject officer (Officer 1*) and a civilian, with the following scope and purpose:

To investigate whether Officer 1 of the NSW Police Force or any former or serving police officer or other person associated with him, is or has been involved in serious misconduct as a police officer and in respect of his personal financial dealings.

Officer 1 has been found to have been involved in a range of conduct constituting serious police misconduct, including -

  • unauthorised police system (COPS) access for personal reasons,
  • allowing another officer to sign his name on an official document,
  • failure to take action on firearm information,
  • misuse of Police-issued Opal card,
  • conflict of interest in the execution of his duties regarding licensed premises,
  • providing false or misleading information in applications for finance, and
  • fraudulently accessing superannuation funds.

 

Findings The Commission found that Officer 1 engaged in serious police misconduct on the above occasions and has recommended that consideration be given to prosecution for four offences under s 192E of the Crimes Act 1900 in relation to the misleading finance applications and managerial action for the other conduct. The Commission will provide a brief of evidence to the DPP for advice on the criminal charges.

The Operation Ramberg report can be found on the Commission website.

Background

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission is an independent statutory body. The principal functions of the Commission are to detect, investigate and expose serious misconduct and serious maladministration within the NSW Police Force and the NSW Crime Commission.

The Commission is separate from and completely independent of the NSW Police Force and NSW Crime Commission.