Police notes the Independent Police Conduct Authority finding that there was no deliberate decision to mislead by any police employee regarding information provided to the public about the "Roastbusters" issue in November last year.
The IPCA also finds that no individual can be criticised for the fact that inaccurate information was provided.
"We are on record as saying our communications could have been better in relation to this matter. Today's report from the IPCA confirms this." says Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess.
"The IPCA points to a collective breakdown in communication due to other commitments and the pressures of time. We agree with that view.
"Police is very aware of its obligation to communicate accurately to the public at all times. Unfortunately we did not get it right on this occasion and we regret that.
"I note that the IPCA makes no recommendations in its report. I can however say that this has been a learning situation for all staff involved and the issues highlighted in the report will be raised directly with these staff."
Editors note: The Operation Clover file is currently being prepared for legal review.
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