Victoria’s corruption watchdog will oversee a police investigation into the leaking of photos of former AFL player and coach Dean Laidley.
Four officers have been suspended over their alleged involvement in an unauthorised disclosure of images of the 53-year-old former North Melbourne player, one of which showed him wearing a wig and dress.
Photos were taken of Laidley as he sat being interviewed by police at St Kilda police station over charges including stalking.
The images were then leaked to the media.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission says it will be “be keeping a close watch” on the police investigation into the leak.
“As part of IBAC’s independent oversight of Victoria Police we have been liaising with police command on the scope of the investigation,” IBAC Commissioner Robert Redlich QC said.
“Importantly, Victoria Police has confirmed they are looking at any underlying cultural issues, and how they can build on their work with the LGBTIQ community and ensure their officers have proper regard to human rights.
“While IBAC is satisfied that the investigation scope is sufficient, we will be keeping a close watch on progress, as part of our independent oversight of Victoria Police.”
Dean Laidley is currently on remand until his next court appearance on May 11 where he is expected to apply for bail.
Victorian Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has called the leaks an “act of gross stupidity” which stole media attention from a funeral for one of the police officers killed in the Eastern freeway crash.
By Andi Yu