Nixon vows to move on after Ashby 'betrayal'
Posted Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:00am AEDT
Updated 11 hours 53 minutes ago
Victoria's police chief, Christine Nixon, has reiterated her resolve to change the police force, after saying she was betrayed by her former assistant commissioner Noel Ashby.
Commissioner Nixon expressed deep disappointment in Mr Ashby, after accepting his resignation yesterday.
He was forced to resign when recordings of a series of damaging phone calls were played to an Office of Police Integrity (OPI) inquiry into high-level leaks within the force.
Mr Ashby was caught passing on information to police union boss Paul Mullett about internal politics, disciplinary matters and job appointments.
Mr Ashby and media director Stephen Linnell were also recorded being highly critical of Deputy Commissioner Simon Overland.
Commissioner Nixon says she is confident the integrity of the organisation can survive the scandal.
"I'm certainly committed to this job and continuing to drive change and reform in Victoria Police," she said.
"The force is a very big organisation, very capable, very able to get on with the job, and I think that's what we've been doing today and yesterday, and we'll do it tomorrow, so the organisation can survive this."
Monash University's associate professor of criminal justice, Colleen Lewis, says the resignation may make the Commissioner's job easier.
"Christine Nixon has nothing to answer for in relation to the revelations of the OPI, it's the other people," she said.
"I think the resignation might even help to strengthen her position."
The inquiry continues on Monday, with suspended media director Stephen Linnell and police union boss Paul Mullett set to give evidence.