Victoria’s top cop saddened by harassment

Melbourne [AAP]

Victoria’s police commissioner says it ‘saddens’ him that so many officers had to endure predatory behaviour and sexual harassment within the force.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has conducted the review, which commissioner Kate Jenkins last year said ‘is expected to be a landmark for Australian police services’.

On Wednesday, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton welcomed the review and said he accepted all recommendations and will ‘action every single one’.

‘The change starts today. Our response to this report will be all encompassing. I have appointed Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius to lead this vitally important work,’ Mr Ashton said in a statement.

Victoria Police says its most important task is to ensure the public does not lose faith in the organisation.

The groundbreaking report on sexual harassment and sexual discrimination in the Victoria Police is expected to be tabled in the Victorian Parliament on Wednesday.


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