Off-duty police officer conduct investigated in Kangaroo Flat

POLICE are investigating the conduct of an off-duty officer after an alleged brawl in Kangaroo Flat this week.

It has been alleged that the officer attended a private address after an incident involving his child and another child on the football field at school on Tuesday. 

The Bendigo Advertiser believes the officer, who lives in Bendigo but works at a Melbourne police station, had a heated discussion outside Kangaroo Flat Primary School before allegedly fronting the parents of the second child at their home.

The parent of the second child, Adam Rooney, 38, has been charged with criminal damage and unlawful assault and bailed to appear at the Bendigo Magistrates Court.

The police officer has not been charged in relation to the incident. Victoria Police has confirmed it is investigating the incident, which is being overseen by the Ethical Standards Department. 

In his statement to police, Mr Rooney claimed the police officer verbally abused his 12-year-old son at school pick-up time on Tuesday.

Mr Rooney said the man then turned up uninvited at his home in Queen Street about 3.30pm on Tuesday and a scuffle broke out. 

Mr Rooney is then alleged to have damaged the car of the off-duty officer.

Inspector Mark Edwards yesterday said Victoria Police was “open and transparent about the way we do business’’.

“We self generate a lot of these investigations where our members on or off duty are involved,” he said.

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