UPDATE 1.30pm: The most senior civilian in the WA Police has described Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan's office as lacking "an ethical compass", in damning statements to the Corruption and Crime Commission.
Tabled by the Premier in Parliament at noon, the CCC report found slack procedures existed in the WA Police and public sector in relation to corporate credit card use.
In his evidence to the CCC hearings, the executive director of WA Police, Greg Italiano, said he had concerns about some of Mr O'Callaghan's expenditure.
The CCC found Mr Italiano's statements unsatisfactory and without foundation.
The CCC recommended tighter controls after its nine-month investigation into the use of Mr O'Callaghan's card in a number of areas.
But the CCC and Premier Colin Barnett have come to the same conclusion - that there was no misconduct by the Police Commissioner and the Government is now considering renewing his contract, which expires in one week.
He said he found it difficult to question the Commissioner.
"One reason is that I did not have the formal authority to do so, but that is not the primary reason as to why I chose not to question him," Mr Italiano told the CCC.
"To understand the primary reason requires an understanding of the broader pattern of behaviour that surrounded the Commissioner's office and its general conduct.
"In general, I would describe this as a loss of an ethical compass in that decisions or behaviour could always be justified by an explanation regardless of how reasonable the average person might find that explanation to be."
The Commissioner said he felt like he had been "kicked in the guts" when he discovered that Mr Italiano had taken his claim to the CCC without raising them with the commissioner or anyone else in WA Police.
He said he previously regarded Mr Italiano as a friend but now believed their working relationship was untenable.
Mr Italiano went on leave yesterday and Mr O'Callaghan said the Public Sector Commission would have to consider Mr Italiano's future with WA Police.
Mr O'Callaghan described Mr Italiano's claims to the CCC as unfathomable.
Mr O'Callaghan also said he felt that the inquiry into the use of his corporate credit card "moved at a glacial pace".
The tabling of the report comes nine months after the CCC launched its investigation.
Mr Barnett told Parliament he had full confidence in Mr O'Callaghan.He said the CCC made five recommendations in relation to improvements to the administrative processes within the WA Police
Service and the public sector more generally.
"This Government supports each of those recommendations," Mr Barnett said.
Mr Barnett said that while the CCC found no misconduct on the part of Mr O'Callaghan, he wanted to ensure that the report did not disclose any substantive impediments to the commissioner's reappointment.
"The advice that I received from the Public Sector Commissioner was that the concerns raised by the CCC about administrative practices within WA Police do not provide any evidence which would reasonably support a suspicion of a breach of discipline by the Commissioner, were he a public sector CEO," Mr Barnett said.
Mr O'Callaghan said he was focused on policing in WA and was waiting for Cabinet deliberations on his contract.
"Let me make it perfectly clear I have no issue whatsoever with people taking genuine concerns to the CCC but I do take issue if those concerns are raised without foundation or are ill conceived, and that’s what we have in this case.
"While the public speculation has raised, I have had to remain silent on these issues for many months knowing the original complaint and allegations about me were mainly without substance as the CCC and Public Sector Commission have ultimately found.
"I am the Commissioner of WA Police and I have been obliged to maintain a high degree of grace and professionalism throughout this very public process."I have made no secret of the fact I have been disappointed with how long this process has taken, particularly due to the sensitivities surrounding the negotiation of my contract."
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