‘I have a spa and puppies’: Senior police officer investigated over alleged invitation to female graduate

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Cops, News | 0 comments

EXCLUSIVE: A senior male NT police officer was allegedly the subject of an investigation for alleged comments he made to a young female police graduate, including that he had seen her running in the early morning and had “a spa and puppies” if she wanted to visit him, numerous sources with knowledge of the matter have told the NT Independent.

Several well-placed police sources who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, said the officer – who the NT Independent has chosen not to name at this stage – told the woman at the June graduation ceremony words to the effect of: “I see you running every morning at 0-500….I have a spa and puppies if you ever want to come around.”

One source said two other graduates heard what the officer had allegedly said.

The female constable is reported to have told her Police College instructor that she was uncomfortable with what the senior officer had said to her, but she was allegedly told that by pursuing the complaint she could damage the man’s reputation, one source said.

It is understood an external investigation into the senior officer’s behaviour was considered and discussed, but one source said it was now being investigated “in house”.

When contacted by phone, the senior officer told the NT Independent that he denied the claims, that he had not told the woman that he had watched her running and that he had a spa and puppies if she wanted to attend his residence. He also said that he was not being investigated.

The first source said a few days after the NT Independent called the officer, he was unexpectedly moved to another location where he now lives.

NT Police Association president Paul McCue said in a statement: “All matters relating to members of the NTPA are confidential”.

NT Police media manager Rob Cross did not respond to questions from the NT Independent about the senior officer’s behaviour and what sort of investigation – internal or external – had been undertaken. He also refused to say whether he had been given a section 79 disciplinary notice or whether a regular disciplinary process under the Police Administration Act was carried out.

Mr Cross was also asked why the officer in question had not been stood down, and who in the executive made the decision on whether to investigate the senior officer’s behaviour or not.

The NT Independent also asked how the NT Police force was fulfilling it’s duty of care to young female officers who had to work with the senior officer, and why the female graduate was allegedly warned her complaint would negatively affect the man’s career and if any action had been taken against the officer who told her that.

 

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