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Security sector in chaos after ICAC slams corrupt training provider

EVERY security licence in the state is under a cloud after the corruption watchdog found the biggest training provider in NSW was thoroughly corrupt and the police force and the Education Department had failed in their roles as regulator and auditor.”The evidence of corrupt conduct and poor quality [assessments] raises severe doubts about the legitimacy of all current security licences in NSW and the integrity and competence of all security training providers,” the Independent Commission on Corruption said yesterday.The powerful criticisms are contained in a report and are based upon an investigation into the largest NSW security training organisation, Roger Training Academy.Roger was formed in 2006, and by this year was issuing more than a quarter of all training certificates in NSW, but the commission investigation found its management was engaged in systemic, ongoing corruption.It found that industry-recognised certificates were handed out to people who were willing to pay under the table and trainers were selling test answers to willing students.It recommended that Roger’s owner, Ahmed Moosani, his brother-in-law, Ali Merchant, and eight men from Roger and several other security companies be charged with corruption.The report reserved some of its strongest criticism for the police and Department of Education bodies that were required to regulate and audit the industry.The NSW Police Security Industry Registry and the Department of Education’s training accreditation board, VETAB, had consistently failed to exercise their powers appropriately, the report said.”Regulation is fragmented, without clear accountabilities, consistent communication or any overall co-ordination, and has not ensured the integrity of the process,” it said.The registrar of the registry, Cameron Smith, and the VETAB director, Margaret Willis, gave ”contradictory” or ”confusing” evidence in relation to their roles, the report found. Both bodies were aware of the history of corruption in the industry.The report called for NSW Police to assume ”ultimate responsibility” for investigation and corruption prevention and said the Security Industry Registry should be expanded and improved to allow that. It called on VETAB to improve its audit and monitoring processes.The NSW Police Force welcomed the recommendations contained in the report. ”The report found no suggestion of misconduct or inappropriate behaviour by any [police] officers,” it said.”ICAC’s recommendation that the NSW Police Force should assume ultimate responsibility for security industry integrity-related functions is a vote of confidence in the force.”[email protected]南京夜网.au
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