A former police recruiter has told how she was targeted for harassment by an officer on her way to work.
Liz McNeil said she was on her first day as a police recruit in April when she received an email from a colleague.
“It was about me going into work,” Ms McNeil told the ABC.
“She told me that she would be doing a presentation on recruitment and retention.”
I said, ‘You know, I don’t want to do that, I’ve already done that’.
“Ms McNeil did not realise she had been targeted until she read a story on the website of the Australian Women’s Lobby, a national organisation dedicated to increasing women’s representation in the workplace.
The story was headlined “I’ve already got the job”.
It began:”We’re just about to get back to work.””
We just had a discussion about how we’re going to work together.
So, she’s going to tell me that this person who has the job is going to be my boss.
“And that person is going be a police recruiter.”
Ms McNeill was stunned and told the recruiter she had not had a job interview for over a month.
“The police recruitor said, you know, ‘What are you going to do?'”
Ms McNEIL said.
“I said ‘I’ve done everything that you’ve told me I need to do, and I’m just not going’.””
The recruiter did not respond to requests for comment.”
I said ‘I’ve done everything that you’ve told me I need to do, and I’m just not going’.”
The recruiter did not respond to requests for comment.
Ms Mcneils boss, Detective Inspector John Rafferty, was also contacted by the ABC but declined to comment.
The ABC contacted the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Police Chiefs Association but has not yet received a response.