A 38-year-old female police officer stood down after she allegedly witnessed the bashing of an arrested man in Broome watchhouse has been returned to her duties.

The alleged assault occurred on April 19 after a 30-year-old man was arrested at Cable Beach.

The senior constable was last week stood down for failing to fully cooperate with a Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) probe into the incident.

But on Friday, the WA police union said she had been allowed to return to work, so it had discontinued Supreme Court action it had initiated in her defence.

WA Police Union president George Tilbury said the officer would return to work on Monday.

The union said the officer did provide answers in the voluntary CCC interview, despite not being legally obliged to do so.

“She is understandably upset and angered by this process but I commend her professionalism in putting this matter behind her and returning to the job she loves,” Mr Tilbury said.

A 49-year-old sergeant was also stood down over the incident because he “could have done more“, Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said at the time, a reaction the union labelled extreme.

Mr O’Callaghan has also served a loss-of-confidence notice on a 31-year-old constable, giving him 21 days to explain why he should not lose his job.

Public inquiries into the incident are scheduled to be held by the CCC on June 10.

The West Australian

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