Mascot inquiry clears Cath Burn
NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn has been effectively cleared of unreasonable conduct allegations levelled against her during an investigation run by the NSW Ombudsman’s office.
The inquiry, Operation Prospect, lasted nearly five years and canvassed allegations of improper surveillance conducted against more than 100 officers between 1999 and 2001.
Adverse findings were made against numerous current and former police officers involved with the surveillance, codenamed Operation Mascot, in December last year.
Deputy Commissioner Burn was a Team Leader of the operation at the time and the Ombudsman’s report made four adverse findings of unreasonable conduct against her, along with a more serious allegation of unlawful conduct.
Police management recently concluded its own examination of the findings and has ruled no further action be taken against Ms Burn over the unreasonable conduct allegations. It also ruled the unlawful conduct allegation was not sustained.
“In regard to all internal departmental matters, these have been finalised,” an NSWPF spokesman said. Two other officers could still face charges as a result of the investigation pending the outcome of decisions by the Ombudsman and the Director of Public Prosecutions.