In response to the police misconduct and corruption vulnerabilities identified in this report, IBAC made the following recommendations to Victoria Police under section 159 of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (Vic):
The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police undertake a comprehensive review of the use of illicit drugs by Victoria Police officers, as well as associated policies, systems and practices to inform the development and implementation of a more robust framework to prevent and detect police illicit drug use. This review should consider, among other things:
- the development of clear policy on the use of illicit drugs and the consequences of such use by officers, with reference to contemporary best practice
- strengthening recruitment processes and policies to more effectively identify and manage risks
- the adequacy of the current drug testing regime and how it can be improved
- improving training and communication to clearly and regularly reinforce Victoria Police's position and response to illicit drug use by its officers
- appropriate welfare and support arrangements for officers detected using illicit drugs, including those who voluntarily disclose their use of illicit drugs.
The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police to provide IBAC with a progress report by 30 June 2017 and final report by 30 June 2018 on development and implementation of a more robust framework to prevent and detect police illicit drug use. These reports will be published on IBAC's website.