Mas­cot in­quiry clears Cath Burn

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

Ms Burn.

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