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CORRUPTION WATCHDOG: ‘SYSTEMIC WEAKNESS’ IN WA POLICE OVER JOSH WARNEKE DEATH

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The state’s corruption watchdog has exposed “malaise and systemic weakness” in the WA Police force in the case of the bashing death of 21-year-old Josh Warneke in Broome in 2010.

The Corruption and Crime Commission report on the Major Crime Squad Investigation into the unlawful killing of Mr Joshua Warneke, delivered to state parliament today, sets out its review of the police investigation – Operation Aviemore –focusing on a series of flawed police interviews in 2012.

The CCC has decided not to publish its opinions of officer misconduct both to avoid compromising judicial proceedings against the officers involved, and because “in many cases, the errors of individuals reflect a deeper malaise and systemic weakness which permeates criminal investigations in this state”, it said in a statement

The CCC report has called for WA Police to ensure:
•All officers know and apply their obligations under the Criminal Investigation Act 2006 and the Police Manual contained in the Corporate Knowledge Database
•People who are not proficient in English have the assistance of an interpreter
•Officers interacting with Aboriginal citizens are properly trained in culture and language
•Decisions not to charge a person are properly authorised and accountable

The CCC provided a statement that it was aware disciplinary proceedings had been instituted against several officers and that consideration was also being given to criminal charges in relation to one officer.

Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/corruption-watchdog-systemic-weakness-in-wa-police-over-josh-warneke-death-20151105-gkrx4i.html#ixzz3qliW4fiK

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