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IBAC investigates Dani Laidley photo leak

Victoria’s anti-corruption commission is investigating allegations police officers have again shared a secret photo of former AFL coach Dani Laidley with transphobic comments.

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission is asking for anyone with information into allegations an unsolicited photograph of Ms Laidley at the races was shared via text message.

The photo was taken at the Ballan Cup at Geelong Racecourse on November 6, and was shared “alongside transphobic comments”, IBAC said.

“IBAC is asking any member of the public or police personnel who witnessed the photo being taken, or has information about the photo in a text message being sent or received, to contact IBAC,” it said.

The commission performs a critical role in independently oversighting Victoria Police to ensure officers are accountable.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said it is “unaware of the origin of the photo or any corresponding messages” made by police employees.

“Furthermore, we have not received any details of the members allegedly involved,” she said.

The spokeswoman said anyone with complaints about police misconduct is “strongly encouraged” to contact its Professional Standards Command or IBAC so that it can be investigated.

The fresh inquiry comes just six months after Victoria Police ordered 11 cops to pay out thousands of dollars to Ms Laidley after they leaked photos of her mug shot.

Court documents alleged the mug shot was shared in a police WhatsApp group alongside transphobic comments.

Three police officers have been charged with a range of offences over the alleged leak.

Ms Laidley, formerly known as Dean, was a 1996 premiership player for North Melbourne and coached the Kangaroos from 2003 to 2009.

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