Victoria’s suspended police chief has launched a new lawsuit to have a series of investigations into allegations of misconduct thrown out.
Frank Elsner is under fire for sending inappropriate tweets to a subordinate’s wife and facing allegations he tampered with evidence in the ensuing investigation.
In January, the Police Complaints Commissioner granted that investigation a fourth extension.
Elsner claims that the investigation has dragged on unreasonably long, destroying both his health and his reputation.
But deputy Police Complaints Commissioner Rollie Woods says Elsner’s high rank meant investigators had to get it right.
“They’re held to a very high level of accountability, and every chief constable I think knows that when they take the job. So when you’ve got allegations such as these, which are serious, they have to be, in fairness to everybody – but certainly the public interest – [the] test is high, and the investigation has to be professional throughout. The public would expect no less.”
“Whether that evidence vindicates the officer, or or evidence to substantiate the allegations, I think in fairness to everybody involved in the process you want to make sure the investigation is thorough.”
A pair of retired judges is set to rule on 14 allegations of misconduct within two weeks.