Independent Review Panel for internal investigations into cases of serious alleged misconduct by officer
The Home Team will set up an independent panel to review the findings of internal investigations into cases of serious alleged misconduct by an officer in his official capacity.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean announced this during the ministry's Committee of Supply debate.
"Examples include cases which have resulted in death or serious injury, cases which obstruct, prevent, pervert or defeat the course of justice, or where it is in the public interest to do so."
Mr Teo says the Independent Review Panel will strengthen systems that the individual Home Team agencies already have in carrying out investigations into allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by their officers.
He says the Panel will report directly to the Minister, and review whether the allegations are substantiated, and whether the investigations were thorough and carried out in a fair manner.
The Panel will comprise prominent members of the community, including people with deep legal knowledge and experience, and former senior Home Team officers.
Mr Teo adds that the Panel will ensure that there are independent, robust and fair processes in place to review allegations of misconduct by Home Team officers.
"We will not tolerate wilful misconduct, abuse of power or a lack of integrity. This is not only fundamentally wrong at the individual level, but also tarnishes the Home Team's reputation, and undermines the public trust that our officers have collectively and painstakingly built up over the years."
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