The CCC has oversight of serious police-related incidents such as a shooting or a death in custody.
In the event of such incidents, for example, a death in police custody or a death which occurs in the course of or as a result of a police operation, the CCC has an oversight role in relation to the subsequent police investigation.
The QPS is required to inform and brief the CCC about such an incident as soon as practicable. The CCC may decide to attend an incident to ascertain if there is any concern about the circumstances which led to the death.
This function is recognised in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established in 2015 and renewed in 2019 between the CCC, the Coroner and the QPS to enhance cooperative arrangements for the reporting and investigation of police-related deaths, and to ensure that the community can be confident that investigations are expeditious, independent, impartial and rigorous.
In the event that the CCC forms a view that the death involved suspected corruption by police, the CCC may commence an investigation into the allegations or continue to closely monitor the police investigation.