Associate Professor Leanne Weber from the Border Crossing Observatory and Professor Jude McCulloch from the Monash Gender and Family Violence program appeared before the parliamentary IBAC Committee on February 26 to elaborate on their written submission to the ongoing Inquiry into the External Oversight of Police Corruption and Misconduct in Victoria. In their original submission, they argued that a multi-level approach is required to achieve accountable policing in Victoria which includes an independent and credible complaints system, systemic change to reduce the incidence of police misconduct, and responsive local level structures to address recurring problems and tensions within communities.
In her oral evidence, Professor McCulloch stressed the need for a world-class complaints mechanism built on the Northern Ireland model, and demonstrated the importance of accountable policing for women experiencing intimate partner violence, including Indigenous women and women with disabilities. Associate Professor Weber drew on previous research and her current Future Fellowship research on young people, police and belonging to illustrate the impact of police misconduct on marginalised communities, and argued for wider systemic reform of everyday policing. She subsequently produced a supplementary briefing note for the Committee which explains the potential for different styles of policing to either promote or mitigate police misconduct, and identifies other systemic factors that are likely to affect attempts at organisation reform.
The documents provided to the Inquiry are available here.