A Northern Territory senior police officer was arrested and handcuffed when he arrived for a day’s work at Darwin police station on Thursday.
The Territory Response Group’s former officer in charge acting senior sergeant Neil Mellon was in custody on Thursday night after he was arrested at work accused of data and confidentiality breaches, the Australian reported.
The 47-year-old is expected to be charged with several crimes including unlawfully accessing data, disclosing confidential information and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
After Mr Mellon was taken into custody, his Darwin home was searched for evidence.
His wife, also a long-serving NT police officer, and his children weren’t present while the search was underway.
The “well-known and well-liked” officer currently remains in custody while the matter is under investigation.
Acting Sen Sgt Mellon, who joined the NT police in 1995, has been working as the Darwin watch commander since leaving his role in the TRG after 18 years.
In 2019 he received the Australian Police Medal as part of the Australia Day honours.
On Thursday, two other NT police men were also charged with separate and unrelated offences.
A 21-year-old male officer was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and a 46-year-old male officer will face court for allegedly obtaining benefit by deception.