Speakers: Kerry Lofdahl and Deborah Nicholson

Speakers: Kerry Lofdahl and Deborah Nicholson

At this year’s IAWP conference, Senior Sergeant Kerry Lofdahl and Inspector Deborah Nicholson APM from the Queensland Police Service will be speaking on misuse and corruption risks in the collection of information.

Senior Sergeant Kerry Lofdahl has been a police officer with the Queensland Police Service for 18 years. She has worked a large portion of her career in the far north and western parts of Queensland investigating serious and complex crime. Kerry was also a lead investigator in a major fraud team before becoming a crime manager in Bundaberg and Townsville. She is now a Complaint Manager with the Ethical Standards Command. Kerry holds a Juris Doctor (Dist) and a Master of Business Administration (HRM) in addition to degrees in business, management and policing. She has also been admitted to the Roll of Lawyers in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Inspector Deborah Nicholson APM has been a member of the Queensland Police Service for 30 years. She has performed duties across Queensland as an operational officer; detective; trainer; and administrator. Her current role is the Strategy and Performance Officer with the Ethical Standards Command. She is responsible for reviewing the performance of the Ethical Standards Command and devising strategies to promote and manage the ethical conduct of all members of the Service. In 2013, Inspector Nicholson received the Australian Police Medal for her long commitment to the Queensland Police Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Justice Administration); Graduate Certificate in Applied Management; and is a Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

More about their presentation:

Law enforcement agencies have access to large amounts of personal information; and that information is a critical part to carrying out their functions. Allegations of misuse of data generate complaints for law enforcement agencies.  Maintaining confidentiality of information can be a challenge for agencies. Legislative changes and a shift in community expectations has necessitated change in the management of personal information. The consequence for an agency not addressing this issue can result in a lack of legitimacy and a decrease in community confidence, making it harder for the agency to achieve its key functions and meet service delivery expectations. The Queensland Police Service Ethical Standards Command will examine the issues and challenges emerging from recent misuse of information investigations. The presentation will outline the learning and how this is driving cultural change within the organisation. Approaches to minimize corruption risks and misuse of confidential information will also be addressed.



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