Memorandum of Understanding

There’s something I don’t understand about a “memorandum of understanding” between the police and the Catholic Church.

The NSW police are bound to serve the community and swear an oath to uphold the law. When a criminal offence has been alleged, they are duty bound to investigate and prosecute without fear or favour. Do the police have a memorandum of understanding with outlaw motorcycle gangs or local drug suppliers? What makes the Catholic Church so special that they have serving police officers on their internal professional standards boards? Is there something about conflict of interest or mandatory reporting that they don’t understand? Since when has a victim had the authority to decide whether a prosecution should take place? If a crime has been alleged, isn’t it in the best interests of the community that a thorough and impartial investigation be carried out?

Might I suggest a memorandum of understanding between the police and the citizens of NSW, that the police will investigate and prosecute, all alleged sexual abuse of children, without bias or prejudice or favouritism, and without confidential negotiations with those whose reputations may be at stake.

Peter Rowney
Lemon Tree Passage

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