I m getting on with job
'I'm getting on with job'

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has denied there is disunity in his command team amid rumours of rising tension among the top brass as the Corruption and Crime Commission investigated his response to the Perth Hills bushfires.

Both the State Government and Opposition said the CCC findings, which cleared Mr O'Callaghan of misconduct, opened the door for negotiations to extend his contract, which is due to expire in August.

Mr O'Callaghan wants an extension but says it's up to Premier Colin Barnett.

He said he did not have a problem with people reporting matters to the CCC.

"There is nothing that has been done here that is wrong or that I have any problem with," he said. "There is always rumour about recriminations, I don't know anything about that."

Mr O'Callaghan rejected suggestions senior officers had been moved to new positions because of the matter.

"Staff officers transfer all the time," he said. "It's a regular process. I'm not worried about re-unification because we are getting on with the job. I am not aware of anything that has been done improperly while this has been going on."

Mr O'Callaghan said he did not believe the CCC inquiry had damaged his relationship with the State Government.

"I think the Premier has come out very strongly in support of me and I appreciate his support," he said.

Mr O'Callaghan said the matter had not damaged working relationships with Wayne Gregson, who was a police assistant commissioner during the Perth Hills fires and is now in charge of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

Mr O'Callaghan told the CCC he did not agree with Mr Gregson's account of communication about the severity of the fires.

"This is now the fourth inquiry into the Perth Hills bushfire matter and as far as I'm concerned it's time to move forward," he said.

"As far as I'm concerned this is the end of the matter and I am getting on with the business of being the Commissioner of Police."

The West Australian

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