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Investigation Report 04/2018: Operation Volker―An investigation into alleged false document production by a staff member of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Law enforcement agencies perform roles that are fundamental to Australian society and, for that purpose, are given extensive powers and resources. The public is entitled to trust that staff members of those agencies will always act with integrity when performing its functions. A staff member of a law enforcement agency who misuses his or her position for personal benefit damages the reputation of the whole agency and endangers the trust and confidence of the public in it. To have this effect, a misuse of position need not be one which relates to some specific power of the agency as a law enforcement agency, but may relate to its general administration. It is also incumbent upon these agencies to foresee well-known corruption risk factors and―to the extent reasonable―have mechanisms in place that can mitigate events to reduce the likelihood of serious risks manifesting.