Operation Dawson was an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into the alleged police personnel misconduct of then Superintendent Paul Rosenblum.
In November 2017, Victoria Police informed IBAC of allegations that then Superintendent Rosenblum had misused his position to inﬂuence police investigations into sexual offences involving associates of his church. Allegations included that he unlawfully accessed and disclosed police information to members of the public involved in those investigations or their associates. IBAC determined to conduct an 'own motion' investigation under section 64(1)(c) of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (Vic) (IBAC Act).
IBAC found Superintendent Rosenblum used his position to obtain and disclose police information without authorisation, about investigations in which he had a personal, rather than a professional, interest.