The NSWPF police complaints handlinq model
Part 8A was written in compliance with the recommendations of the Wood Royal
Commission. It is a comprehensive complaint handling model. All allegations
about police misconduct, from the most minor managerial matters (eg customer
service issues) to the most serious criminal allegations are registered on the
system. A 'complaint' is not defined in the Police Act 1990 and therefore
includes all written allegations of police misconduct. This will include reports
by managers and supervisors that would not generally be considered to constitute
a 'complaint', but are taken to meet the requirements under Part 8A because the
report 'alleges or indicates' conduct that meets the requirements of Part 8A.
A copy of the NSWPF Complaint Handling Guidelines is attached for the
information of the Committee. Also attached is a copy of the Commissioner's
s169A Guidelines, referred to in those guidelines.
Protections under Part 8A of the Police Act 1990 Part 8A protects the identity of complainants (s169A) and provides for criminal
sanctions where reprisal action . is taken (s206), in the same way that the
Protected Disclosures Act does.
However, there is no objective test to be met before the protections are invoked.
A mere allegation is enough. The protections are invoked as long as the
allegation meets the following criterion under Part 8A.
Roger Rogerson wrote....Hatton’s story was John and I had kidnapped Flannery and we forced him into a small aeroplane which I used to then fly and took him out to the sea where John opened the back door and threw him out.
Hence he crashed into the sea and was killed.
I immediately laughed my head off when I read this account in the paper but it was a perfect example of some of the ridiculous rumours that were being fed to Hatton at the time Had he bothered to check he would have found out that the small plane that I flew - a Piper P28-140 - had only one door, a side door, which was physically impossible to open when you were flying in the plane because of the wind pressure against it. But as usual, I just laughed as I knew it was bullcrap.
There were many more stories like this that Hatton started talking about in parliament.
Why did Roger Rogerson fly a plane?