The Victorian Ombudsman has found that Police Commissioner Simon Overland was solely responsible for the release of assault statistics he knew were bodgie just before the Victorian election. He acted against advice from his media advisor, and he should have known the information would be used politically. Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu confirmed Overland had resigned this morning.
The Ombudsman stops just short of saying that Overland’s decision was politically motivated. To paraphrase his report, Overland’s actions are found to have been stupid, and to have let down both the public and serving police. But the Ombudsman does not call him corrupt.