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You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 14 November 2005 – 9 June 2006 Release of CMC’s annual report 2004-05 — 14.11.2005
You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 14 November 2005 – 9 June 2006 Release of CMC’s annual report 2004-05 — 14.11.2005

Release of CMC’s annual report 2004-05 — 14.11.2005

The year 2004–05 saw the Crime and Misconduct Commission undertake major reviews of Queensland legislation and police powers, as well as produce landmark corruption prevention materials.

Chairperson Robert Needham said the past year had shown even more clearly than before that the independence of the CMC makes it ideally suited to reviewing state legislation, government initiatives and police powers. 

‘The CMC has helped to continue Queensland’s reform process and to maintain high public sector standards. In December 2004 the CMC released Striking a balance, a report of a CMC inquiry into the Queensland public’s right to access police radio information via the media,’ Mr Needham said.

 ‘We also released comprehensive evaluations of the Queensland Prostitution Act and the live adult entertainment industry.’

Other major reviews related to the policing of domestic violence, problem-oriented policing, police use of capsicum spray, and trial police powers in response to volatile substance misuse. 

The CMC also produced a comprehensive set of guidelines for public sector managers on controlling workplace fraud and corruption, and worked collaboratively with the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption to produce a practical guide for the public sector on managing conflicts of interest.

 Mr Needham said the CMC was still best known as a complaints-handling body and its success was clearly shown by a more than 60 percent increase in misconduct complaints received by the CMC since 2001–02.  

‘However, our success is tempered by logistic challenges, as CMC staff struggle to cope with this surge in complaints,’ Mr Needham said.

‘Many of the complaints brought to us don’t turn out to involve misconduct at all, and many others are sufficiently minor to be safely handled by the agencies themselves.’ 

‘While the majority of complaints could be dealt with safely by the referring agencies, the CMC conducted investigations into 109 of the more serious matters, including fraud and sexual misconduct. These investigations resulted in 185 charges recommended,’ Mr Needham said.

The CMC’s annual report shows the organisation continued its fight against paedophilia, by using its award-winning pioneering computer software to pinpoint the geographic location of paedophiles using the Internet.  

Since changes to the Queensland Criminal Code in May 2003, the CMC has made a string of arrests, charging 18 people with paedophile-related offences under the new law. 

A total of 418 charges have been laid against people identified during Internet-based investigations by CMC police officers. 

During 2004–05 the CMC conducted seven organised crime operations, arresting 114 offenders on 452 charges.

Four of the operations resulted in significant disruption to the illicit amphetamine market in Queensland and disrupted sophisticated money laundering schemes.

Through civil confiscation legislation, the organisation finalised 15 matters resulting in the transfer of $1.623 million of assets to the state with a further $8 million restrained.  

The CMC continued to be the only agency in Queensland offering a witness protection service, protecting 115 people in 61 operations. 

It also continued to be the lead agency in Australasia for witness protection training, after developing the first nationally accredited police course in witness protection.

‘Reflecting on the hard work the CMC has carried out over the year, I am confident that the organisation will continue to prosper and that both sides of politics, and the community in general, will continue to see the CMC as an essential element of the Queensland system of government.’

Last updated: 16 January 2012
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