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Senior police face WorkCover inquiry

Two of the state's most senior police officers have faced a WorkCover investigation into allegations they failed to properly equip police sent to a riot in Redfern. More than 40 police and 10 residents were injured during the February riot.

The Police Minister, John Watkins, said yesterday that the Deputy Commissioner, Dave Madden, and the inner metropolitan regional commander, Bob Waites, had been interviewed by WorkCover officials about their responsibility to provide a safe work situation for police. Failure to provide a safe workplace carries a maximum WorkCover penalty of $825,000 for an organisation or $55,000 for an individual.

By Gerard Noonan SMH December 9, 2004