Police officer is found guilty of assault

A VICTORIA Police Senior Constable was found guilty on Monday of two counts of unlawful assault in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court, after an investigation by Victoria’s independent police oversight body, IBAC.

Following the finding of guilt, Senior Constable Dallas Howell will be sentenced on March 19 at Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court.

IBAC charged Senior Constable Howell with assault offences in February 2018.

The charges were the result IBAC’s own motion investigation, Operation Poros, into an incident at Moe Police Station in September 2017.

IBAC chief executive Alistair Maclean said the community rightly expected police officers to perform their duties and exercise their significant powers fairly, impartially and in accordance with the law.

Mr Maclean said IBAC’s independent oversight of Victoria Police represented a significant proportion of the organisation’s investigations, with almost half of IBAC’s 65 active investigations and preliminary inquiries in 2017-18 being into alleged serious misconduct by Victoria Police.

To report public sector corruption or police misconduct, visit www.ibac.vic.gov.au/report or phone 1300 735 135.