There has been some shock, horror and disgust regarding the supposed conduct of some NSW police officers in the news lately. I have no doubt that there are some questionable people within the police service. There are some questionable people within many sectors of society as a whole. However, it is not all police officer that has a dubious and sinister ulterior agenda. The Professional Standards Command should also perhaps take a look in the mirror.
Those that have had some dealings with the ‘Professional Standards Command’ are possibly slightly more dubious of their ‘professional standards’. In my own personal opinion, they sometimes rush to charge an officer and splash his or her name and photo across various media outlets to perhaps be able to win a trial through the public and political arenas in an effort to be seen as ‘coming down hard’ police corruption and misconduct etc., and also to provide the façade of ‘zero tolerance’. Again, my personal opinion.
There have been many police officers charged for various alleged illegal behaviour. How many of those have been found guilty? One such officer who was charged for various alleged ‘indecent’ and ‘sexual’ assaults went to trial by jury. He was found ‘not guilty’. He was initially accused of 16 different assaults. Before trial, the Professional Standards Command dropped 9 of those charges due to insufficient evidence. Part of that evidence was that the ‘ex-partner’ of the officer claimed that he had sexually assaulted their young daughter. When the daughter was questioned, there was absolutely no indication anything untoward had ever taken place. But it does get a whole lot better!
The ex-partner of this officer had also accused her ex-husband of the same things. He was also charged. They went to court. It was thrown out!
Had the “professional Standards Command’ actually done their work correctly, instead of patting themselves on the back for taking down ‘another crooked copa’, they would have realised that the supposed ‘victim’ had done exactly the same thing in the past.
This supposed ‘victim’ was seeing a psychiatrist which had asked her to keep a diary because, and I quote her, “I have trouble telling truth from fiction.” Hooley dooley! Really?!
Had the ‘Professional Standards Command’ done their job correctly, they would have seen that their ‘star witness’ could not even keep her so-called facts straight.
Those that have had some dealings with the ‘Professional Standards Command’ are possibly slightly more dubious of their ‘professional standards’. In my own personal opinion, they sometimes rush to charge an officer and splash his or her name and photo across various media sources to perhaps be able to win a trial through media. Society’s shock, horror and disgust at these alleged offences is what they seem to rely on. On this occasion, it did not work for them.
This supposed victim had everything paid for her in order to attend the trial. This particular officer was out of pocket a substantial amount of money in order to defend himself. His reputation tarnished and had to leave the job he loved so much. All because instead of carrying out their ‘investigation’ correctly, the Professional Standards Command, have no professional standards themselves. There was no apology to the officer. There was no media release saying that he was found innocent. There was nothing once the prosecution lost the case and lost face!