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2017 Reports

Summary
The investigation highlights that sensitive information held by law enforcement agencies is a vital asset for those agencies, and one capable of being compromised by anyone who has access to it. Personal conduct can expose law enforcement agency staff members to serious risk of compromise. In particular, the ‘private’ use of illicit drugs can lead to undesirable associations with criminal entities.

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operation_marlowe.pdf, operation_marlowe.docx


2016 Reports

Summary
This investigation illustrated that Information Communications Technology (ICT) sections within agencies with law enforcement capabilities pose particular integrity and security challenges, because of staff members’ high levels of technical expertise, wide access to sensitive information, and the privilege to modify records and systems.

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Summary
This investigation serves as a further illustration that corruption risk in an agency with law enforcement functions is not limited to front-line staff members. Any staff member of such agencies may have access to information, contacts or decision-making capability which may be of use to criminals.

Documents
Report 02/2016 Operation Hadron, Report 02/2016 Operation Hadron


Summary
This investigation highlights the desirability of information held by law enforcement agencies and the need to maintain stringent safeguards against inappropriate access, manipulation, or disclosure.

Documents
hudson_summary_report.docx, hudson_summary_report.pdf


2015 Reports

Summary
This investigation illustrated the risk that ‘back office’ staff with high levels of access to official information—for instance, through ‘privileged’ or ‘super user’ ICT access—may put themselves in a position where they could be subjected to corrupt compromise.

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DOC, PDF


2014 Reports

Summary
Even were a public servant to consider the use of illicit drugs to be a “personal” or “private” matter, the practice involves the person having to liaise with a supplier or with other users. Ultimately, such people are connected to organised crime groups, and are more likely than others to have an improper interest in knowing confidential government information and being able to influence decisions.

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DOC, PDF


Summary
This final report summary indicates that the Integrity Commissioner decided to reserve indefinitely his findings in relation to ACBPS officers then facing criminal charges relating to the importation of drugs and the commission of bribery and abuse of office offences.

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DOC, PDF


Summary
One known source of potential compromise of law enforcement agencies and the integrity of their staff members is the ‘private’ use of illicit drugs, which—irrespective of their immediate source—are often linked to the activities of organised crime groups. The potential arises for the staff member to be manipulated, and agency systems and information to be compromised.

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DOC, PDF


Summary
In the course of their duties, law enforcement officials can have ready access to items—such as seized illicit drugs—that are portable and valuable and which the owner may be keen to discard or disown. This situation creates an opportunity for corrupt conduct to occur—whether by theft, intimidation or agreement—and not be reported.

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DOC, PDF


2013 Reports

Summary
Public sector procurement and asset management are areas of high corruption risk, where an employee might misuse his or her public position to derive a private benefit. AFP appointees are required to declare potential conflicts of interest, and to seek permission for secondary employment to avoid or manage conflicts of interest.

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DOC, PDF


Summary
This significant investigation illustrates what may happen when individuals take advantage of systemic vulnerabilities in a high-risk operating environment that lacks adequate safeguards. An enduring lesson is that corruption risk will follow opportunity for illicit profit.

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DOC, PDF


Summary
In order to carry out its role at the border effectively, the ACBPS collects and holds information, often of a sensitive nature, and has access to other law enforcement databases. The management of such information requires stringent safeguards against improper access or disclosure.

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DOC, PDF


2012 Reports

Summary
Several corruption risks—relating to variation in recordkeeping practices of police officer contact with ‘persons of interest’ generally, and in the context of prison visits specifically—were identified by this investigation of an ACT Policing officer’s conduct.

Documents
DOC, PDF


Summary
A key role of the Integrity Commissioner is to assure the integrity of senior leadership of law enforcement agencies, and to investigate when there may be cause for doubt.

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DOC, PDF


Summary
A law enforcement officer must take care to separate personal interests and relationships from his or her official role. When he or she does not maintain this separation, there is a real likelihood of compromise and damage to the agency and the community.

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DOC, PDF


2011 Reports

Summary
The use of ‘work-arounds’ and avoidance of proper procedure may become accepted and not routinely reported. This situation opens the possibility that seized drugs could be used, sold or given away unlawfully by police officers, without the prospect of detection.

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DOC, PDF


Summary
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) requires its appointees to disclose certain associations which may cause a conflict of interest. The AFP has this requirement in order to manage integrity risk.

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DOC, PDF


2010 Reports

Summary
In a law enforcement context, mishandling certain information has the potential to pervert the course of justice. Commonwealth taxation legislation requires, generally, that information regarding individual taxpayers be kept confidential. This investigation examined whether provision of such material to a court was permitted by law.

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PDF


Summary
The quarantining, from criminal proceedings, of self-incriminatory information gathered through coercive questioning is a fundamental principle of Australian law. This investigation examined whether an agency with coercive examination powers acted intentionally to circumvent that doctrine.

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PDF


Summary
This investigation provides important insights into how the culture of an agency may affect corruption risk.

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Summary
The management of information relating to law enforcement operations presents a constant, serious and difficult-to-manage corruption risk.

Documents
DOC, PDF


2009 Reports

Summary
The ways agencies are managed can either contribute to, or mitigate against, corruption risk. In the present case, a mistrust of management led to poor decision-making by the parties. In other circumstances, this situation could have resulted in corrupt conduct.

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2008 Reports

Summary
A person, who had been a staff member of the former National Crime Authority (NCA), made allegations that brought into doubt the validity of aspects of an NCA investigation. The Integrity Commissioner concluded that it was likely the allegations arose because of the former staff member’s partial knowledge of the operation in question.

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PDF


Summary
It is important to ensure that the AFP’s independence and effectiveness is seen to be free from potential compromise in relation to investigations concerning possible criminal conduct by Members of Parliament.

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