29 Nov 2018

Officer remains in police force after misconduct investigation

12:45 pm on 29 November 2018

A police officer from the Southern district has been sanctioned for belittling a colleague and slapping her on the back of the head.

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A police officer was sanctioned after an investigation found complaints about misconduct were substantiated. Photo: 123rf

In February, a female officer reported concerns about the treatment she was receiving from her supervisor, which included belittling comments he made to her in front of colleagues and an incident where he slapped the back of her head.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority oversaw a formal investigation conducted by police which found the allegations were substantiated.

The investigation found the officers actions met the threshold for serious misconduct and misconduct and he had been sanctioned accordingly.

Despite this the officer remained an employee of the police.

Southern district commander Superintendent Paul Basham said the police took the matter very seriously.

"Since receiving a complaint in February 2018 an employment process was undertaken and an outcome reached," he said.

"The individual concerned remains a police employee, however, due to privacy reasons we are unable to comment further."