Exfeds has drawn our attention to a story in the Herald Sun on the operation of the AFP when it comes to ticketing senior members for serious speeding offences:
A decision handed down this week by Fair Work Australia raises allegations that junior officer Richard Curie was pressured to withdraw a speeding ticket he issued to Supt Eric Grimm.
The pressure allegedly came from senior officers, including a sergeant who is reportedly a friend of Supt Grimm.
Supt Grimm was initially fined after he was allegedly caught travelling at 123km/h in an 80km/h zone in the ACT in April 2007.
But the ticket was withdrawn after senior officers intervened and replaced the fine with a traffic caution notice.
The allegations have come to light after Mr Curie complained he had been unfairly sacked after being bullied over unrelated matters and complained to Fair Work Australia.
The intriguing decision is available online.
UPDATE: The AFP’s national media unit has issued a circular denial of wrongdoing:
An article in the Herald Sun titled ‘AFP Officer Escapes Fine’ on Thursday 2 September 2010 has incorrectly claimed that members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) acted inappropriately in relation to the issuing of a speeding fine to another off-duty member of the AFP.
Specifically the article alleges that the speeding fine was downgraded to a traffic caution notice as a result of pressure from AFP Senior Officers.
This allegation was investigated by AFP Professional Standards and no misconduct was identified by any officers in relation this matter.
The AFP takes this type of issue very seriously and would not accept this behaviour by any of its operational members.