PUBLIC servants need to realise ethics and integrity are not out of fashion, nor are they optional, the NSW Ombudsman’s annual report says.
The Ombudsman received more than 30,000 complaints in the past year, according to its 2008-2009 annual report, released today.
Some of the complaints referred to dodgy NSW police practices.
A police officer who was issued a speeding fine in an unmarked car attempted to avoid paying the fine by claiming he had been following a speeding car, the report said.
He told the fib after mistakingly believing a video taken in the police car at the time could not be retrieved.
In another case, two police officers tried to get out of a speed camera fine by falsely claiming they were driving a different police vehicle.