Date published: 24 September 2010

The Crime and Misconduct Commission today concluded its five day public hearing into Operation Tesco.

The hearing examined systemic organisational issues which were identified during an 18 month CMC investigation into alleged police misconduct on the Gold Coast.

This is the final phase of Operation Tesco and the CMC will now examine all information and evidence obtained during the hearing and the investigation before releasing a public report early next year.

The CMC has already liaised with the Queensland Police Service about new strategies to improve policing services on the Gold Coast prior to the release of the public report.

The report will complement these new policing strategies announced by the Police Commissioner earlier this month.

CMC Chairperson Martin Moynihan AO QC today told the public hearing that he was impressed with the level of openness shown by police officers and other parties who attended the hearing.

‘This clearly demonstrates a healthy and constructive relationship between the CMC, the Queensland Police Service and other organisations,’ Mr Moynihan said.

‘What this hearing shows is that we are all on the same page and will continue to work together to achieve a common goal of raising integrity. I believe this has always been the case.’

‘It has been in the public interest that this hearing be open and transparent. This public hearing has provided an important opportunity to set the record straight.’

‘While we all agree change needs to happen, we are not seeing a return to widespread corruption and misconduct.

‘It’s about addressing systemic organisational issues uncovered by the investigation. These have all been openly discussed this week. This ensures the community has the right information to restore public confidence,’ Mr Moynihan said.

‘I welcome the Police Commissioner comments at the hearings today and his attendance clearly demonstrates support from the top.’

‘I look forward to working with the Police Commissioner and the QPS to continue progressing the recommendations which will arise from Operation Tesco,’ Mr Moynihan said.

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