Victoria Police officers have searched the force’s Frankston station and interviewed several officers accused of claiming to be non-binary to fraudulently claim more money for civilian clothing allowances.
Chief Commissioner Shane Patton announced a probe into the issue in July, after reports that some male officers had been rorting a discrepancy in the force’s clothing allowance by identifying as non-binary.
A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed seven male officers had been interviewed over the matter, while a search warrant had been executed at a southern region police station on July 21.
A member of the Frankston crime investigation unit was arrested by detectives from the Professional Standards Command on Monday, according to a police source not authorised to speak publicly.
Patton announced the investigation after the force noted a sharp increase in the number of officers identifying as gender-neutral over the previous year.
The claims were first raised by the @discernibleofficial Instagram page in June, which posted: “We have unconfirmed reports from inside Victoria Police that management is pulling their hair out after a majority of a CIU (crime investigation unit) in southern region changed their profile in the HR system to be ‘gender neutral’.”