Eleven police officers have been ordered to pay former AFL coach Dani Laidley up to $3000 each in compensation after her mug shot was leaked publicly.
Victoria Police has finally revealed the punishment handed down to the remaining five officers – all senior constables – who faced an internal discipline hearing over the leak, which was described as “appalling” by the chief commissioner.
In total, 11 police officers faced the internal discipline board for their role in distributing images and information, a police spokeswoman said.
She said each officer was ordered to pay Ms Laidley monetary compensation at their own expense.
The officers will also be required to participate in a Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission ‘Respecting Dignity’ course at their own time and cost.
“The value of compensation determined for each officer ranges from $500 to $3000 each and was determined by the officer’s culpability and involvement,” the spokeswoman said.
Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said they had also been put on a good behaviour bond for 12 months.
The 11 officers involved in the circulating the photos of Ms Laidley and information relating to her arrest ranged in rank from constable to sergeant.
Three police officers and a police custody officer are also facing criminal charges after allegedly leaking photos and information about the former star footballer and North Melbourne coach in custody.
Another 35 people – including 28 police officers and seven public servants – received sanctions including an admonishment, a warning or workplace guidance after facing internal disciplinary action.
The force has now finished its internal disciplinary action over the photo leak, with the remaining officers allegedly involved before the courts.
Ms Laidley is also suing Victoria Police, alleging she was exposed to “humiliation and ridicule” when officers leaked photos of her in custody.
She filed a writ in the Victorian Supreme Court last week, claiming she suffers and continues to suffer injury, loss and damages as a result of the officers’ actions.
Ms Laidley, previously known as Dean, changed her name after her lawyer Rob Stary explained in November last year that his client had undergone a gender transition.
The photos of Ms Laidley in custody were allegedly circulated in a WhatsApp group before being widely shared on social media after her arrest.
Ms Laidley was wearing a wig and make-up during the interview inside the St Kilda police station after being arrested in May last year.
At least 274 Victoria Police employees were interviewed in relation to the photo leak scandal.
A police spokeswoman said 224 of those were cleared of any criminal or internal disciplinary action in December after it was determined they had been sent the photos after they appeared on social media.
Ms Laidley was sentenced to a diversion program and the matter was closed in March this year after the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court found the program completed.
It meant the three charges she was facing, including possessing methylamphetamine and committing an offence while on bail, were all dropped.
Laidley’s career started as a player for the West Coast Eagles in 1987 before she moved to Victoria to play for North Melbourne at the end of 1992, where she was a premiership player in 1996.
She was also coach of North Melbourne for seven years and has since been part of coaching teams at Port Adelaide, St Kilda and Carlton.
Originally published as Laidley wins further payout for photo leak