NSW police have launched an investigation into whether a police station in the state’s north is in breach of its code of practice.
The State Police said it had begun an internal review into the incident on Tuesday, after it was reported on social media on Tuesday afternoon.
It has not named the station, but police have been told to contact the council of social services to report concerns about the behaviour of the staff, who were not identified.
The statement did not give further details.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the station would be reviewed by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SCAT) and the NSW Police Authority (NPA).
“The SCAT is the body that will determine whether a criminal prosecution will be instituted,” he said.
“We will work with the SCAT to ensure that there is a swift and clear outcome for the staff involved in this matter.”NSW’s police forces and police agencies will be accountable for the actions and conduct of all officers and staff in the community.
“A spokesperson for the council said it was “looking into” the incident.
The council said in a statement it had been contacted by the SBS services corporation, which had reported a breach of the code of ethics.
SCAT members will also meet with the SBC, it said.”
The council has received the SCATS report on this matter, and has advised the Sbc that there are specific provisions in the NSW Code of Conduct which we are currently investigating,” it said in the statement.
Last year, the NSW Labor government made changes to the code which require officers and police to wear a badge with a date stamp, which was removed from the police force.
Police Commissioner Scipion said the changes had been made to protect public safety and were intended to “reduce the risk of a breach in confidence”.
The code states officers should not “knowingly mislead, deceive or cause another person to make a false statement”.
NSGOV has launched an internal investigation into the matter, with an outcome expected to be released in early 2019.