The Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (the PIC) is an independent statutory officer whose role is to hold the PIC accountable in the way it carries out its function. This is what is known as an oversight function. The Inspector’s functions and powers to do this are set out in Part 6 of the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996.
The Inspector oversights the PIC by:
- dealing with complaints made against it, including against former and current officers;
- undertaking audits of the PIC's exercise of its powers; and
- assessing the effectiveness and the appropriateness of the PIC's procedures.
The Inspector has extensive powers to investigate the conduct of the PIC and its officers including:
- being able to obtain full access to the PIC's records and to take or have copies made of them. Officers of the PIC may be ordered to supply information or produce documents about any matter relating to the PIC's operation or any conduct of officers of the PIC.
- requiring officers of the PIC to attend before him to answer questions or produce documents.
The Inspector may:
- investigate or assess complaints about the PIC or officers of the PIC.
- refer matters relating to the PIC or officers of the PIC to other agencies for consideration or action.
- recommend disciplinary action or prosecution against officers of the PIC.
In order to carry out his functions the Inspector may hold in inquiries and has the powers, authorities, protections and immunities conferred on the Commissioner under the Royal Commissions Act 1923.