PM backs Carroll for top job after misogyny and racism rock police

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Carroll said she was never approached for more resources by that unit, but after her first inquest appearance she asked an outside consultant for advice on how to do it right.

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The appearance sparked a new call for submissions from Juvenile Court President Deborah Richards, who is leading the investigation. Over 200 turned out.

Carroll, appointed in 2019 to a five-year term as the state’s first female police commissioner, was also pressed by O’Gorman on whether she accepted the weight of evidence suggesting that sexism and misogyny were a “extended problem”.

But Carroll sought not to “tar everything” the force with the same brush. “I know I have significant issues in some of these areas,” she said.

Among the testimonies heard was that of a sergeant teaching a class of recruits at the academy who was recorded saying of the indigenous people: “you can smell them before you see them”.

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The inquest also heard of a 2018 file compiled by elderly women in the force, in which one alleged she knew five other people who had been raped on the job.

Even Carroll detailed how she herself was attacked by a “sexual predator” earlier in her career. Another junior officer was disciplined for failing to report sexual harassment from her supervisor upon taking office.

Many perpetrators have not been sanctioned. A task force to eliminate sexist and predatory behavior, dubbed Juniper, was set up in 2019 but ended a year later because it was seen as a “toothless tiger”.

However, he had heard 84 allegations from 26 staff members against a senior officer, whose conduct dated back to 2002 but had not previously been the subject of a complaint.

A total of 80 allegations were substantiated, including nine sexual assaults. The officer suffered no consequences as he medically retired in 2019.

The survey heard that relying on an element of the disciplinary system, which allows managers to simply give ‘advice’ to those doing the wrong thing, meant women were less likely to press charges.

Carroll agreed with O’Gorman’s suggestions that this was “broken” and that it was reasonable that officers had a “deep fear of speaking out” and a lack of faith in a system that should protect.

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