CCC secret file puts top cop on ice
WA police commissioner Karl O'Callaghan. Picture: Lincoln Baker / The West Australian.

A secret report into Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan's corporate credit card use is making it "difficult" for the State Government to reappoint him.

Premier Colin Barnett said he would prefer to see the contents of the report, but did not expect the Corruption and Crime Commission to complete its inquiries for several weeks.

On Friday, the CCC released a separate report - into allegations about the Commissioner's performance on the day of the 2011 Perth Hills - which cleared him of any misconduct.

"I would like to see what's in the second report so there can be no doubt about his reappointment," Mr Barnett said yesterday. "In good faith, and accepting there is no finding of misconduct, we are about to start discussions with Karl O'Callaghan."

Mr O'Callaghan's contract expires in August and last week he said he was keen to put the CCC issues behind him and continue as WA's Police Commissioner into the future.

The Premier said he had full confidence in him and was frustrated that both CCC inquiries had not been finalised on the same day. He said the reports coming out in two instalments made it difficult to complete the reappointment. "I want any doubts about his suitability removed," he said.

In March, _The West Australian _revealed that the CCC was investigating the use of Mr O'Callaghan's credit card during a trip to Broome.

"The commission has said there is no finding of misconduct in regards to credit cards, but it does make it difficult for the Government when there is a report I am yet to see," Mr Barnett said.

When the Perth Hills fire destroyed 71 homes in February last year, Mr O'Callaghan was watching cricket at the WACA Ground.

Between 2pm and 3pm, he spoke to then assistant police commissioner Wayne Gregson and Fire and Emergency Services official John Butcher about the fire, but the CCC accepted conflicting evidence given by the three men about those phone calls.

Mr Barnett said the CCC report showed some disagreement about a sequence of events. "I don't see anything more than that," he said.

The West Australian

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