Wednesday, December 21, 2011

No ethics evident in W.A. dickless Tracy

A FORMER police officer who pleaded guilty to trying to cover up a speeding offence has been fined $300. Kim Vary Rainier, 38, who was a police officer for four years, appeared in the District Court charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

She admitted to falsifying paperwork in a bid to cover up doing 72km/h in a 60km/h zone in a police car in South Perth in September last year. After being caught by a speed camera, the officer fabricated her report, saying she had been catching up with a car being driven erratically.

While sentencing her in the District Court today, Judge John Staude noted it was unfortunate the minor traffic offence had cost her her career and said he believed she had been treated unfairly.

The judge fined Rainier $300 but entered a spent conviction.

A spokesman for Police Comissioner Karl O'Callaghan said Ms Rainer had resigned from the WA Police. "It is the Commissioner of Police and not the Judge that is accountable for the conduct of WA Police and must have confidence in the officer," he said. "It is not disputed that the officer was dishonest and falsified evidence (not just paperwork) for her own benefit.

"These were deliberate and calculated acts to which she pleaded guilty and the personal remarks of the sentencing judge do not detract from the facts.

"The removal process considered the officer’s overall conduct and the calculated and deliberate acts of dishonesty to avoid personal accountability and gain a benefit were such that the Commissioner could no longer have confidence in her."

The spokesman said there would not be a review, albeit the officer could appeal to the WA Industrial Relations Commission. He denied there was a culture of covering up speeding fines in WA Police.


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