Chief executive to take leave as NSW police chief is investigated

NSW Police Chief Mick Fuller will be stepping down from his role as chief executive of the force as part of an independent review of the department.

Chief Fuller is also to take a leave of absence from his position as chairman of the state’s police force board.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) has launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.

Key points:Chief Fuller’s board will hold a special meeting to review allegations of “misconduct” within the forceChief Fuller said the allegations were “unfounded” and he was confident in his roleThe NSW Police Service (NSWPS) is also considering the allegationsA spokesman for NSW Police said the commissioner was taking steps to ensure he was “satisfied” with the findings of the review.

“The chief will continue to conduct himself in a professional and appropriate manner as he will be making his decision at a special board meeting on March 28,” the spokesman said.

Chief Fuller stepped down from the NSW Police board in June after it was revealed he had engaged in an affair with a woman in 2011.

In a statement to the NSW Parliament last year, he apologised for his behaviour.

The watchdog launched an independent inquiry into the allegations after NSW Police Minister Andrew Constance asked him to resign.

The inquiry found that Mr Constance and Chief Fuller had been engaged in a “contemptuous and hostile” relationship since 2007.

The review found there was “unsettled and unwarranted hostility” towards the NSW Commissioner and that the Commissioner’s actions towards Mr Constances staff and staff of the NSWPS were “reckless and offensive”.

Chief Fuller, who was appointed as the NSW Chief Police Officer in February 2016, was a board member of the Police Association of NSW in December 2016.

He was also a board chair of the Australian Police Association in March 2017.

Mr Constance has said the decision to terminate Chief Fuller’s membership of the board was based on “his misconduct and conduct”.

Mr Constances statement said he was satisfied with Chief Fuller and that he “welcomes the authority to make an independent and thorough assessment of the matter”.

The chief’s board is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the report’s findings.

Topics:police,police-sieges,community-and-society,police,state-parliament,nsw,northern-irelandFirst posted March 09, 2020 09:41:26Contact Lisa M. Martin