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​Taskforce Themis: Former Assistant Police Commissioner to lead prison investigation

Published date: Sunday, 29 July 2018

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Minister for Corrections David Elliott has announced former NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch will lead a Taskforce into inappropriate relationships between prison officers and inmates. 

Taskforce Themis will assess the allegations of inappropriate relationships between CSNSW staff and offenders, including the investigation of the alleged relationships and any disciplinary action that was taken at the time. 

Mr Elliott said he has been appalled by the allegations that emerged last week involving a prison officer at Mid North Coast Correctional Centre allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a maximum-security inmate. 

Since then similar allegations have been raised across other prisons in NSW. 

“I stand with all prison officers and correctional staff who are appalled by the reports of alleged inappropriate relationships with inmates, and express my gratitude for the work they do in one of the most challenging professions in NSW. 

“Over the last week, a number of officers have contacted me to convey their disgust and disappointment by the allegations. 

“Taskforce Themis led by Mark Murdoch, former Assistant Commissioner of NSW Police, will get to the bottom of the allegations and make recommendations to the Government to strengthen the way they are reported, investigated and disciplined.” 

It will establish a confidential email address to enable members of the public and staff to come forward with any additional information. The duration will be determined by the extent and complexity of any additional information that is made available through the confidential email address. 

The email is: TaskForce@justice.nsw.gov.au. It will be operational from tomorrow and remain open for a minimum of 13 weeks.