Vic Police face hearings over email scandal

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Vic Police face hearings over email scandal

Two officers resign.

Two Victoria Police officers have resigned and another 10 will face disciplinary hearings today and tomorrow over an email scandal on the force's computer network.

Up to 100 officers from across the state were being investigated for allegedly sharing racist or pornographic materials, according to news reports back in March.

Victoria Police said today the materials were "of the most extreme nature" and that a "number" of its members had been interviewed and charged with disgraceful conduct or failing to comply with an instruction of the Chief Commissioner of Police.

"A number of these have since appeared at a discipline hearing," a Victoria Police spokesman said.

"Over the next two days 10 members are scheduled to appear before a hearing officer where a determination will be made about the disciplinary process and what, if any, sanctions they will face.

"Victoria Police can also confirm that an investigation is ongoing into a small number of senior officers up to the rank of Superintendent."

Determinations from the disciplinary hearings were subject to appeal, the spokesman said.

Officers fronting hearings this week would be represented by the Police Association Victoria, its secretary Greg Davies told the ABC's AM program (mp3).

Davies said there was "certainly nothing criminal involved" in the allegations against the officers.

"Some of them [the emails] are jokes that some people may find offensive," Davies said.

"Some of the materials are worse than that. And that's why there's a range of discipline offences and a level of seriousness involved in some of them."

He said the allegations were being taken seriously, particularly as they could lead to dismissal if proven.

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