Disciplinary charges

The Office of the Police Ombudsman may recommend disciplinary charges against a police officer. These are heard by a magistrate sitting as the Police Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Office of the Police Ombudsman does not prosecute these charges. The standard of proof required by the Police (Complaints and Disciplinary Proceedings) Act 1985 (SA) to establish a charge is proof on the balance of probabilities.

If the Tribunal finds that a breach of discipline has occurred, the penalty is assessed by the Commissioner of Police or the Deputy.

The Office of the Police Ombudsman must be notified of all matters before the Tribunal, whether arising from its recommendations or not, and the outcome of all proceedings.