17 Feb 2013

Police overhaul disciplinary processes

5:07 pm on 17 February 2013

Police have overhauled their disciplinary process in an effort to make it fairer and more efficient.

They say the old system was often too rigid or lengthy, particularly when a complaint led to a criminal investigation, which was then followed by employment proceedings.

Police have streamlined internal investigations by cutting down the number of meetings required for an employee to provide an explanation.

The disciplinary hearing, where allegations of misconduct were put to the employee, has been removed altogether.

Police human resources general manager Alan Cassidy says that will cut down on unnecessary duplication and delays.

He says there will also be greater transparency and internal action will no longer have to wait until after criminal proceedings.

Mr Cassidy says the changes bring the police into line with other government departments and private sector organisations.